Maybe we have ever thought about doing the Camino de Santiago and we have had doubts. I don’t mean doubts about time or anything like that, I mean doubts about fear. We can get scared because we think that there are many kilometers, that we have to be very well prepared physically and that in our condition we will not be ready to do the Camino and reach the Cathedral. In the following article we will analyze the preparation for the Camino de Santiago.
Don’t worry, the Camino is accessible to everyone. We have to take into account several factors such as the chosen route, the time we have, the time of year or even the weight of our luggage. There is a route for each person because thanks to its flexibility the Camino can be adapted to each pilgrim, including children or people with reduced mobility.
To be ready to do the Camino de Santiago or even each stage requires walking for several hours and making a physical effort, even if it is minimal. That’s why we will always wonder if we will be ready. Below we will answer all the doubts that may arise regarding this subject. After reading the post, who knows, maybe you’ll be encouraged to venture out and become a real pilgrim.
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The Camino de Santiago is not an activity that does not involve physical effort. We all know that this route involves miles and miles of walking on trails, plains, mountains… There are also other factors such as the weather or the slopes that can make some sections harder.
Nevertheless, the route can be adapted to any type of profile, since it there are many routes that lead us to the Cathedral of Santiago. If you are a person who does not usually do sport, do not worry, there is a route for you, but we must not fool ourselves, doing sport on a regular basis will help us.
In any case, whether you do sport or not, in addition to the organization of routes, stages, accommodation and backpack, we must prepare our body to heal in health and make the most of this experience.
What is the best preparation for the Camino de Santiago?
Although it is not necessary a specific training before doing the Camino de Santiago, it is true that we need to adapt our body to what we face. We will adapt it progressively as not everyone has the same sporting habits and there are some people who are totally sedentary.
We need a progressive and moderate physical preparation, to get our body used to it. We will begin to prepare ourselves a few months before heading to Santiago. The ideal is to go for a walk at least three or four days a week, increasing the difficulty of the terrain progressively so as not to overload our machinery.
We increase the distance, the time and we walk through terrains of various irregularities, but about 30 days before starting we advise to add a complement. The backpack is something that will be part of us all the way and that will be a factor to take into account. We must bear their weight and that will mean that the effort will have to be increased. In this preparation we advise to continue walking but with the backpack loaded with some weight to simulate the weight we will carry.
The footwear is very important, we have to give it a previous run-in. We will have to wear the shoes that we are going to take on the road because we run the risk of suffering injuries such as blisters if we use new shoes.
It may seem like a long time to prepare but we have to take into account that many days we won’t be out walking for different reasons.
Do I need preparation during the Camino?
More than a preparation, during each stage what we need is to warm up engines and prevent some problems that may arise.
Before starting each stage, when we get up in the morning and after breakfast, we recommend stretching to warm up the body and avoid possible injuries. In the same way we must take care of our body during the Camino, taking care of our feet is essential. It is possible that we can get blisters the first few days so we must take care of them with Vaseline and if we have blisters we must extract the liquid and keep them clean and cured. At the end of each stage, the best thing to do is to shower when the body is still active, with water that is not too hot. It will help us to keep us well and with a more relaxed musculation.
We must not forget a very important issue during the stages, food and hydration. It is important a good hydration as well as the care of the food during the way, always take some fruit and some nuts, they will give us energy and we will not feel heavy.
Finally, we advise you not to walk too fast or make unnecessary efforts during the first few days, as this could make the road a real hell.
It’s not all about physical preparation…
As well as the physical preparation, the mental and mental preparation is fundamental, it is very important that we know our limitations because we do not want this beautiful trip to become a bad memory.
For a good mental and emotional preparation we must and it is something fundamental and very important to plan the stages, what we will see and even where to eat. It’s like preparing a script that motivates us. We should not be obsessed with covering stages or arriving in a fixed time. The stops will do us good, both to rest physically and mentally. Don’t worry about going alone on sections of each stage, don’t demand more than you can, we shouldn’t be too demanding, everyone knows their limit.
Take the road as a beautiful experience, not as a compulsory route.