Now that you have decided to do the Camino de Santiago you are probably worried about starting with training and knowing if you will be able to cover all the kilometres of the Camino de Santiago that you have ahead of you without getting injured. Arriving well prepared physically is the first step in widening the possibilities of achieving your objective and enjoying the experience one hundred percent.

In this article we tell you the keys to good training so that the Camino de Santiago becomes the best journey of your life.

What should I consider before starting my training?

First of all, we would like to reveal a secret to you: Everyone can do the Camino de Santiago! As lovers of the Camino that we are, after so many years and having met so many pilgrims… we can tell you that everyone manages to get to Santiago, from a small child, the elderly, people with illnesses or special needs… there are no barriers of any kind.

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On the one hand, the most important aspect to consider before starting your training for the Camino de Santiago is health. On the other hand, if you suffer from any pathology or illness it is best to go to your doctor and follow his recommendations.

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Don’t forget to prepare your mind

You must be aware that maintaining a mind-body balance is a very important factor when starting your training. It means: you must prepare yourself mentally as a pilgrim. Remember that this is not your usual holiday and you will not be lying on the beach but walking for days on end.

Furthermore, remember that “to want is to be able”, so free yourself from all fears and barriers, trust yourself and don’t set yourself limits. We assure you that at the end of the trip you will feel proud of yourself and completely fulfilled.

During the way, what should I keep in mind?

In this paragraph are a number of recommendations to keep in mind to make your experience on the way as satisfying as possible.

1.- Plan the stages and kilometres you will cover each day. Do not do very long stages if you are not completely sure that you can manage them.

2.- Avoid the central hours when you go for a walk. Especially in the summer months, leave early to try and get to the end of the stage by midday.

3.- Hydrate well. Your rucksack should contain a bottle of water, which you can fill up at the many fountains along the route.

4.- Listen to your body and rest when it asks you to. You will avoid injuries and enjoy the experience more.

5.- Don’t wear new shoes. Use boots or trainers that you have previously worn to avoid blisters and chafing.

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6.- Check all the material you are carrying (rucksack, shoes, walking stick…) is in good condition. You will avoid having to spend extra money repairing it or buying a new one.

7.- If you think it is necessary, use walking sticks. It will help you as a point of support, relieving stress on your knees and preventing falls.

8.- Eat well. Nutrition is very important when making physical effort for so many days.

9.- Get enough rest. We know you are on holiday and you will want to make the most of the day. Give your body a good rest, it will thank you the next morning.

10.- Be realistic. Over-ambition and over-exertion can cause injuries. It’s all about enjoying the experience and not turning it into an ordeal.

We hope that this article has helped you to start your training for the Camino de Santiago.

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