Have you finally decided to come out of your cozy room and do something fun to kickstart the second month of the year? Well, good for you because this could be the beginning of endless outdoor adventures for you!
If you plan to do some exploring up the mountains, you must complete basic preparations to make sure that you're all ready and fit to do the challenge—and we're talking directly to you, first-timers.
Trekking can be quite addictive, especially if you do it the right way. It's better to arm yourselves with proper knowledge about the adventure than being sorry after you realize that you weren't prepared at all.
Here are some of the basic preps that you need to do before your first ever trek.
1. Start your training early
If you've been planning to go trekking for quite some time already, but haven't got the chance to go, it's okay to start training early even without a definite date to do it. Starting early means you give your body ample time to adjust.
Depending on the kind of trek you want to do first, it's important that you take your strength level a notch higher gradually over time since trek conditions may differ.
Take the necessary training and update your fitness regime to prepare your body for the adventure. Leg endurance and breathing patterns can help you a whole lot during the trek.
Remember, it's not too early to start.
2. Practice proper walking
You may think that you are an expert in this category. But nope, you still need to practice proper footwork before the trek.
Terrain conditions and walking paths may be different from your usual everyday route, so taking proper practice can help you avoid foot injuries like shin splints and tendon pulls. That's a real party pooper so it's best if you come prepared.
The proper way to do it is to make sure that you hit the ground with your heel and roll onto your toe, which readies you for the next step. It's like a mechanical cycle that involves your feet and legs. And once you find the right rhythm, it would be easy for you to do it.
3. Choose the right gear
In trekking, choosing the right gear is one of the most essential preparations that you should invest yourself in. No matter how long or how short the trek you want to take, bringing in the right items to aid you in the process could make or break the entire trip.
For instance, your shoes are an important part of the trip. You have to make sure that it is sturdy enough to last the entire trek. You don't want to walk barefoot in the middle of the woods which could result in cuts and wounds.
You have to make sure that your trekking boots, along with all your clothing pieces, are comfortable and breathable. You are not sure how long the trek will take, so you better make comfort your top priority.
One more trekking gear that can be of great help to you is a pair of trekking poles. It's helpful for all the walking that you would do during the trek. There are studies that prove these poles can reduce the pressure strain on the opposite leg by approximately 20%. In fact, they can also help in reducing your body weight during an incline.
4. Have a diet plan
Focusing on your fitness regime is not enough. You also have to watch what you eat before and during the trek.
Having a diet plan is a wise course of action to keep track of the fuel that your body will need during the pre-trek workout and the trek itself. Proper nutrients should be part of the plan. It's important that you keep this one in check, especially those with a weight requirement to meet or those with special food needs.
The energy that you will need during the adventure will come from the food that you take. Just don't overdo it. Overeating may cause problems that you don't want to deal with during the trek.
While we're discussing the diet plan, you might want to practice eating while walking so that your body can get used to the movement.
5. Be mentally prepared
The exhaustion that you will have to endure during the trek is a given. Although with a bit of sweat, this issue can be easily addressed.
While our physical endurance should always be a priority, we believe that our mental wellness should also be kept on top of the important things to prepare for before a trek. It's a factor often overlooked, so we have to remind ourselves that it should also be addressed.
Being mentally prepared means that you are well-aware of the risks and the challenges waiting for you during the trek and that you're ready to take them on no matter what the situation is. It's important that you know these things because it will help you finish the trail without a headache.
Aside from that, being mentally prepared also means knowing how to handle unfortunate incidents during the trail with a calm mind. We believe that it's the most important shield that you need to bring during treks.
6. Have your health checked
Sometimes, there are certain health conditions that aren't meant for trekking or have several restrictions. Thus, it's imperative that you see your doctor before you plan the whole trek. Why? You have to make sure that you are healthy enough to do it.
If you're healthy and have the go signal from your doctor, you also have to let him know about the altitude and the trek conditions you will be getting into. That way, he can give you proper instructions on how to deal with it.