With the trekking season now well underway, many will also want to undertake a physical preparation course, in order to improve their performance, or, in practice, to be able to take longer and higher hikes. The gym could be one of the ideal methods, just as it would be possible to intensify the frequency of weekly outings. But for many reasons – I mainly work – this may not be possible. However, we must not despair: even living the daily work routine, with many small tricks, it is possible to carry out a daily training certainly at low intensity, but no less valuable and less useful for hiking purposes, with positive effects also on our health.
First of all, you have to equip yourself with a “pedometer”, now obtainable with a simple smartphone application, and set yourself a minimum daily objective. The ideal would be the famous “ten thousand steps a day”, indicated by many medical guidelines as a real panacea for health, with now proven preventive effects on our organism. But at an early stage, even seven to eight thousand steps a day might be more than acceptable.
These applications count all the steps we take during the day, and generally also report periods of continuous activity of more than ten minutes, which we define as “training”: we could therefore compel ourselves to perform at least one or two “training” periods a day, or walk at least once or twice for ten minutes without a break.
With these two basic objectives, we can guarantee ourselves a minimum of daily physical activity that will certainly not cause us to lose training, improve performance over long distances, not to mention the countless physical benefits, on which we do not return. here.
Take advantage of all the opportunities
Having set our goals, we must now achieve them, taking advantage of all the opportunities that our day of life and work offers us. Among the infinite possibilities to be exploited, we can indicate the most classic and the most typical: do not use the elevator but take the stairs; to reach the parked car or the public transport stop, do not follow the shortest and most direct route, but “extend” the route, for example by going around the perimeter of the square instead of cross it; once you arrive at work by car, do not look for the nearest car park, but conversely, park voluntarily far away, so that you have to walk for a while, there and back; similar precautions can be taken during the lunch break: never follow the shortest routes, but always try to lengthen them, perhaps, if time permits, to reach ten minutes of continuous walking; even in the office, use the internal phone less and meet in person at your colleague’s office, and it could last forever.
Once the working day is over, the now long days with an almost summer flavor could be used to take a more or less long walk around the house, exceeding the aforementioned ten minutes.
In the early stages, reaching ten thousand steps a day will certainly not be easy, but with a little perseverance and commitment, the goal is more than realistic. It will also be a great personal satisfaction to achieve it, as well as a concrete benefit for our body and our health.