Contrary to popular belief, fitness is not an outcome of mountaineering. It’s rather a requirement for climbing a mountain and surviving the experience.
As fun as it may sound, not everyone is cut for mountain trekking adventure. The thrill of reaching the top or camping on great heights is not an easy one to get. It takes a lot to reach the point from where you look down in awe of your own capabilities at how far you’ve come.
The equation of fitness and trekking doesn’t fall into the linear pattern that you may assume: trekking won’t make you fit unless you’re fit enough to trek.
In order to train for mountain climbing, these are the workout tips you’ll have to follow.
Do a Combination of Workouts
Just exercising religiously will not make you fit enough for the challenge. You don’t need to accumulate strength in just one part of your body and leave the rest underworked. In order to work on multiple muscles for better overall strength, you need to focus on cardio, leg workout, full body engagement, and correct form.
If you lack stamina you will exhaust yourself within the first few hours of the trek. It causes shortness of breath and a racing heartbeat. In order to build on your stamina, you’ll have to train with cardio exercises rigorously to prepare your heart and lungs for the feat.
Trekking focuses mostly on legwork. Trekkers have often complained about burning sensations, cramps and aches in the calf muscles. In order to avoid the risk of that, you’ll need to practice squats, lunges and leg raise for the climb uphill.
Mountains are known for their difficult terrain and in order to surpass each hurdle, you’ll have to fully exert your body. This requires high endurance which can only develop with weight lifting which focuses on a combination of light and heavyweights. Squats, bench presses, and Olympic lifts will also help prepare the body.
Correct Your Form
While climbing uphill, form matters a lot. The pull of gravity and air resistance can make you lose your form. Continuing this way can cause serious injury which will make the rest of the journey even more troublesome. In order to trek the right way, make sure your form is perfect while training for it.
Focus on Core Strength
Your abdominal area, back, pelvic region and chest make up your core.
Core strength ensures that your body stays in alignment, and avoids stressing particular muscles. Muscle strain and inflammation can be a real impediment during your trekking experience.
In order to develop core strength, following exercises will help:
- Leg Lifts
- Bird Dog Crunch
- Oblique Reach
Prepare Your Mind
The fact that will power alone can make you accomplish feats that your body never possibly could, is very true in this case. Surmounting unimaginable challenges in the steep terrain of rugged mountains is as big a daunting fear as a physical test. Preparing your mind for what comes ahead will help you in the mountains.
Focus On Small Goals
Instead of looking at the ultimate destination as your goal, revel in the joy of accomplishing small goals. Making a tree or a rock your short-term goal will help you keep moving forward without compromising on your will power. The key is to keep moving, one step after another.
Focus On Your Footsteps
Focus on the rhythm your body follows while moving forward.
Focus on your form and work to correct any slumps or bends.
Focus on consciously lifting your foot each time and putting it back down. This will enable you to focus on the process rather than the hurdles lined up ahead.
Are You Ready To Climb A Mountain And Reach The Top?
The writer is a fitness blogger and frequent trekker. He has a passion for climbing in the mountains and writing travelogues and fitness tips for those.