Trekking challenges are completely different to everyday walking and you really need to have a solid training plan in place.
Preparing for your challenge
Even if you have a good level of fitness you will need to train and prepare for the challenge ahead. Ideally, your training should start months in advance with smaller goals to test your progress along the way.
The more you train now, the more you'll get out of your trek and enjoy it!
You could also ask at your local gym about a personal trainer or if there are any fitness classes on offer that could help in strengthening leg muscles.
Our training zone is an excellent place to start.
Here you can find the perfect training guide for your trek whichever distance you've chosen, get top tips to ensure you've got all the kit essentials and get all your questions answered by experts.
Be safe and sensible
If you want to lose weight as well as get fit for your trek, it's best to consult your doctor to ensure you're doing it in the most sensible and appropriate way.
They might be able to also suggest which foods will help give you more sustainable energy when training and during the trek itself.
Remember when you're out training for your challenge, always let someone know where you're going and roughly what time you'll be back, especially in the darker winter months. Take a torch with you and stick to well-lit streets and pathways and if possible, see if you can join a walking group or club in your local area.
You've got a friend
Try and vary the route you take if you walk to work or at the weekends to help keep your training interesting, or why not encourage a friend or family member to train with you - they can improve their fitness while keeping you company too!
You could offer to take your neighbour's dog for a walk or suggest a walk in the countryside to your friends - there are lots of routes available all over the UK.
Get into gear
The right equipment and walking gear is essential and will make all the difference to your trek.
Remember how much you're going to be on your feet during your challenge and treat them as well as you can with the right boots and socks. Make sure you break in your boots really well before you go on your trek - you definitely don't want blisters half way up a mountain!
Trekking poles are also really useful as they provide stability on tricky terrain and can also help take some pressure off your back and other joints when climbing up or down hills.
You don't have to spend a fortune on your kit; local markets, charity shops and online websites such as eBay can have the right gear at a fraction of the cost.
If you're going on the trek with a friend, see if you can share any toiletries, it'll give you more room in your luggage.
Good luck with your training.
Find out more
For more information or advice, please contact our Challenge Events team on 0845 124 1188 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.