Fitness training for your Camino

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.

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