Now that you have decided to do the Camino de Santiago you are probably worried about starting with the training and knowing if you will be able to walk all the kilometers of the Camino de Santiago that you have ahead of you without getting injured. Reach being well prepared physically is the first step to increase your chances of achieving your goal and enjoying the experience and enjoy the experience one hundred percent.
In this article we tell you the keys to a good training so that the Camino de Santiago becomes the best trip of your life.
What should I consider before starting my training?
First of all, we would like to let you in on a secret: Everyone can do the Camino de Santiago! As lovers of the Camino that we are, after so many years and after having met so many pilgrims… we can affirm that everyone gets to Santiago, from a small child, elderly people, people with illnesses or special needs… there are no barriers of any kind.
On the other hand, the most important aspect to take into account before starting your training for the Camino de Santiago is your health. If you suffer from any pathology or illness it is best to go to your doctor and follow his recommendations.
First steps of training
If you are a sedentary person and are not used to doing sport on a regular basis, start slowly. Start at least 3 weeks beforehand, taking short daily walks on flat terrain, gradually increasing the distances and difficulty.
Start using the same footwear that you will wear on the Camino de Santiago to get your feet used to it. If you notice discomfort during your workout or feel it’s not too comfortable, look for an alternative until you find your ideal shoe .
Keep in mind that the legs are the ones that will make all the effort, especially the knees. It is important to train the basic muscle groups to avoid fractures or injuries resulting from weakness. We recommend you to do at least 2 times a week exercises to strengthen legs and buttocks.
Increase training intensity
As you become more comfortable and gain strength, you can increase the intensity of your workouts. Walk on rocky trails, increasing distances and slopes.
Remember that the Camino de Santiago is not a competition, so it is very important to follow your own pace, without rushing or overexertion.