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Going On A Trek? 5 Tips To Get You Physically Fit

  • Highlights

  • Start by walking as much as possible to build fitness

  • Focus on strengthening your leg muscles

  • Train every day for best results

  • Work on your balance and mental fitness as well

Preparation is must when you are planning to go on a trek. To be able to do justice for the trek you have signed up for, it is important that you are at your fittest, and prepared for the terrain that you will encounter. Apart from building your stamina, you must also work on your balance and mental strength. Here are five tips to help you get into shape before a trek.

Walk as much as Possible

Walking is easiest activity you can begin with. Start slowly and keep adding distance to your route and pick up pace too. This will help you build your stamina for long hours of trekking at a high altitude.

Focus on Strengthening Your Legs

When you go trekking, your body will be pushed to its limits. To ensure that you’re adequately prepared, focus on strengthening your leg muscles. While walking is a good way to do this, cycling is great for quadriceps, lunges and squats strengthen your hamstrings, and leg curls and resistance bands improve flexibility.

Make Training a Part of Your Daily Schedule

Instead of leaving it all to the last week, make training a part of your daily schedule. Give it as much time as possible, whether it is 30 minutes or a full hour. Also, sneak in spurts of exercise during the day. For example, take the stairs and avoid the elevator. Alternatively, when running errands, cycle around your neighbourhood instead of using your vehicle. This will help you get fit slowly and steadily.

Additional Read - 5 of North India’s Best Trekking Spots

Pay Attention to Balance

Trekking is not just about walking. It is also about being steady and maintaining your balance in rocky and steep areas. This means that you have to work on this aspect too, alongside your stamina. To improve your balance, practice strength training exercises that work on your core muscles. Yoga is also great option in this regard and helps you build mental resilience too, which is an often-overlooked aspect of trekking.

In addition to physical training, also remember to work on gathering the supplies that will make it easier for you to trek, be it sturdy shoes, a trekking pole or even trekking insurance. In the situation that something goes wrong, a trek insurance policy like Trek Cover from Bajaj Finserv can come to your rescue.

Offered under the Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions Category by Bajaj Finserv, Trek Cover allows you to block all your debit/credit cards with one single phone call if you happen to lose your wallet while on trek. The plan also gives you travel and hotel assistance if you are stranded on your journey due to wallet/baggage loss. Furthermore, it also includes a complimentary accident cover up to Rs. 150,000.

Applying for this policy is an easy online process. All you need to do is fill in an online application form and pay the premium of Rs.699 using debit/credit card, net banking, UPI, or mobile wallet.

To ensure that nothing comes in the way of a memorable trekking experience, start training for your trek as soon as you make the necessary arrangements. Besides, when you pack, do ensure that trekking insurance features right at the top of your list.

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