Importance of Physical and Mental Fitness Before A Trek
How does it feel when you open your eyes and have a view of the beauty of nature in its full glamorous colors with a sense of touch? It opens our hearts and makes us realize we are a part of nature. When we see ourselves in nature it connects to our soul through our eyes.
We are given a chance to explore this nature through trekking, camping, hiking and mountaineering. It is not like one day you just decide to go on a trek and start the following day. A lot of trekkers come without preparation which is not good at all. Even the easiest of the treks need preparation.
So why should you worry to make an effort to get fit for a trekking or hiking trip?
The answer is that you won’t be able to enjoy the trek if you are not prepared enough and if your muscles are not conditioned.
When you are trekking your heart is pumping hard to send oxygen and blood to the whole body. When you are on a high altitude trek, there is lesser oxygen in the air and your heart needs to work double to make your body function normally. So you need to work on your cardiovascular endurance.
Trekking is a potentially dangerous activity that may result in physical injury or even death. Training before trekking cannot be intended to substitute for any other activities. It is equally important to follow your trainer's instructions if you wish to trek to high altitudes and mountain peaks. Your physician should be consulted before you kick start.
So how long does it take to prepare?
You should start off at least two months before you decide to start trekking and it may be even six months if you want to go on a difficult trek of Himalayas. You need to exercise and increase your stamina. Along with stamina, you need to strengthen your legs. And finally, you need to improvise your flexibility.
You can work in three stages to overcome and improvise these three conditions.
Aerobic training is required for specifically for exercise duration and increasing flexibility, including stretches for hips, arm strings, lower back and other muscle groups which tighten while climbing.
Muscular strength training is for lower and upper body and core exercises specifically chosen to help you with a particular aspect of uphill climbing. You can also train with varying backpack weights, gaining altitudes and distance traveled is included.
Anaerobic training is short lasting, high-intensity training where body requires excess oxygen supply. It is different from aerobic exercising. Instead of using oxygen from lungs, anaerobic exercises use energy stored in muscles.
Now that we know of about physical fitness, what about mental fitness? We must note that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. When you are hiking the mountains you will be completely exhausted and breathless. You should have the mental ability to push yourself upwards and proceed forward to complete the incomplete task. You should be determined to achieve the impossible.