The suggestions here are very generalised; if you have any medical conditions or have any concerns at all about your health or fitness, please speak to your doctor or to a physiotherapist or a qualified personal trainer, as appropriate, to obtain professional individual advice.  If you are not an experienced walker we would suggest:

  • Start with short distances (just a few km) on the flat.
  • Add longer distances, hills and, if possible, different types of path, as your fitness improves.  The aim is to be able to walk a daily distance of 20km or more on the Camino over varied terrain.
  • Walk regularly, but do not try to do too much too soon or forget to have rest days.  The last thing you want to do is injure yourself training.
  • Don't forget to drink enough water while you are training.
  • Learn to stretch your leg, hip, back and shoulder muscles safely, both before and after walking.
  • Break in new boots or walking shoes and socks before you go.   Practice doing at least a few walks while carrying your loaded rucksack too, since carrying a pack affects gait and the way our feet strike the ground.  If you are planning to use walking poles make sure you have practiced with these too.
  • If you are training in a gym, don't just train on a treadmill or hill climber, but remember to train for stepping downhill too.  Ask a qualified trainer to help you with exercises to strengthen and train your body for all elements of hiking.

Remember, you will get fitter by doing the Camino itself! After several days of walking, you may even notice your own cardiovascular fitness improving.