HOW TO TRAIN FOR A HIKING HOLIDAY

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It could be assumed that a hiking holiday is just a holiday in which you do a few easy walks and a lot of chilling out, but as those of you who have been following along with my social channels will know, when I go on an amazing hiking holiday, I tend to squeeze in as many long and tough walks as possible!

The beautiful thing about hiking is that it’s for EVERYONE. No matter your fitness level, shape, size etc, you can find hikes that will best suit your ability. In case you missed my last blog post featuring a pretty epic competition to win the same trip I’m about to go on, then make sure you click here to find out more.

Since I’ve know about my amazing hiking holiday to hike the Camino de Santiago with G Adventures, I’ve changed up my fitness routine a little, just to make sure that I’m feeling fit enough come adventure time. Timing wise, things worked out pretty well for me, as I’ve just got back from an amazing hiking holiday with my family in Switzerland where I was able to get in a lot of training, but aside form that there have been other changes too…

  • Prior to April my warm up at the gym was usually on the rowing machine, but now it’s all about the stepper. While we’re away no doubt there will be a few uphill battles, so rather than my legs and glutes be shocked by this, they’ve had a little dose of it in each gym session.
  • Glute activation is something I focus on a lot on training. Partly because who doesn’t want a toned bum, but also because ever since my knee reconstruction many years ago, I like to pay close attention to my lower body, making sure I’m strong enough to complete all the challenges I sign up for. I use resistance bands a lot, so these are exercises that can be done at home or in the gym. This is one of the videos I’ve been using – Band Glute Circuit Video.
  • I doubt that I’ll get to do any free climbing on the trip, but I’m going to take my climbing shoes just in case I see a (small!) rock that I fancy clambering my way up. Ever since I started bouldering back in February I’ve been hooked, so even though I might not be bouldering while I’m away, it’s still such a great way of working out, targeting both strength and endurance.
  • Of course my yoga practice is still super important to focus on joint mobility and muscle tension. Head over to my YouTube channel to flow along with one of my yoga tutorials.
  • And my final form of training is how to pack lighter! I’ll have to get back to you on that one though, as currently I haven’t a clue how I’m going to squeeze in all the leggings I want to take. 😉

Just remember when planning a hiking adventure that just because you’re walking, it doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. Make sure you check the routes, inclines and declines before you go and train as necessary. Oh and don’t be fooled into thinking that hiking downhill is easy… for me it’s harder than going up hill, it being the time that I seriously need to make sure my core and glutes are activated in order to protect my knees and spine.

Don’t forget to enter the competition to win your very own Camino de Santiago experience with G Adventures. So excited for this amazing hiking holiday to begin! Head to the blog post now.

Follow along with my trip over on my Instagram and Twitter.

Adios for now! Love, Cat x

 

 

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  1. August 8, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Hiking holidays are rapidly becoming more popular in the fitness community at the moment, with many devoting their summer breaks to enjoying the gorgeous views of afar countries from the hiking trail. Like you say, training is imperative to not ducking out after the first day. Great set of tips here so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a hiking holiday!

  2. August 5, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Love this post!
    My husband and I are looking to climb Snowdon and then take on the three peaks challenge this year so our gym training has begun, you’ve given me some ideas for workouts too as I tend to stick to the treadmill on incline and my usual kettle bell and yoga routines too.
    I’m still terrified of the stepper but I’ll have to just take the plunge and climb on I reckon!

    Thanks for posting!
    Emma xx

    • cmeffan
      August 14, 2017 / 7:32 am

      I totally know what you mean about the stepper…. whyyyyyy does it hurt so much?! Haha
      Enjoy Snowdon, you’ll be totally fine! Take one of the harder routes, as it’s quieter and still not too hard 😉 xx

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