Conserving energy while trekking.
Fitness is an essential need for a successful trekking trip. But is you are a beginner or your fitness level is not at an optimal level, Then here I share with you few tips which you can follow while trekking so that you don’t exhaust to soon and can use your energy efficiently. These tips will help you to save energy while trekking increases your endurance level and will increase your experience as a trekker.
1. Ensure your backpack is weighted and strapped properly.
Lugging a pack that tugs disproportionately in one place or another is a quick path to premature exhaustion and pain. When purchasing a backpack, have it fitted to the best configuration for you. Don’t skimp on packing essentials because you want a light backpack; you should always carry more than you need in case of emergencies.
2. Trek at a constant pace.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of exploration and forget the physical toll that multiple days of walking will put on your body. Don’t over-pace yourself. Maintain a constant speed don’t rush, walking fast saves time but also take double energy. So always maintain a constant speed.
3. Stick to established trails where possible.
Most of the treks generally have been routed along the most efficient track. Most people try to make shortcuts or new paths but that leads to loss of energy at a higher rate. Loyalty to maintained paths reduces erosion. So always follow the path that is already created until unless you are a pro.
4. Control your breaks.
You should not take too many breaks while trekking. to save energy while trekking always control your breaks and take it on constant intervals. Taking breaks frequently wastes your energy rather than saving it. When you take rest your muscle starts cooling down and more energy is required to warm it up so I recommend you should take 2 mins to break after every 15 mins of a walk but no less.
5. Take smart steps.
Trekking also requires brains i.e one has to be smart while taking steps. few points to remember while taking a step ahead.
- Switchback broadly up a slope rather than charging headlong in a straight vertical line.
- Follow stream courses to avoid a drastic elevation change.
- Always follow gentle gradients.
6. Drink plenty of water.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important components of a successful Trekking venture. Even if you don’t think you’re thirsty, make sure you’re swigging regularly from the canteen. Be watchful for signs of dehydration, which may include dizziness and fatigue.
7. Use trekking poles or stick
Use trekking poles. Even when you’re not scaling peaks, these devices come in handy for setting a walking rhythm and taking some of the strain off of your muscles. If you don’t have one you can make one from wood in forest areas, just search for a strong stick whose length is few inches more than your waist you can use it for support if you start feeling eroded.