How can I prepare physically?

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If you don’t prepare upfront, no worries: the camino will prepare you on your way.
Physically, this will mean you’ll travel shorter distances in the beginning, since you will need to see the first part of the camino as training.
However, it is of course wiser to train upfront at home. There are many training schedules out there. It all depends on your own physical status whether a training schedule will work for you.

Here are some simple training effects that you can use:
– Don’t take any backpack with you the first time and see how long you can walk before your legs and feet start to get tired. This is a good indication of what your baseline is. Track the distance you have walked.
– For your next walk, wait at least 2 days to give your body the chance to upgrade your strength by recovering 100% of your first training. This is very important to actually get results from the training.
– Try to walk every 2 days that distance until you feel very comfortable with it.
– Increase the distance with 2 km every week.
– When you reached a distance of 15km at a minimum, start taking a backpack with you. Put in less weight in the beginning. Let’s start at 2kg for instance.
– When you feel comfortable with the new distances and/or weight, upgrade them with 1 km and/or 1 kg to work towards you goal.
– You determine the maximum goal, but it’s good to be able to do a bit more than you are planning to do so you can get to the next town (e.g. 2 km further) when the albergues are full. So, if you plan on doing an average of 20 km a day, it’s wise to train for 25 or 30 km.

You will notice that your training continues on the camino. Listen to your body. It’s really totally unnecessary to get blisters and other injuries. It’s not a race!

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