You might be so excited already to be with some friends and relatives for your dream summer event – mountain climbing. However, you somehow have fears about pushing through with the plans because it is your first time to go trekking. Well, we have gathered some notes on how to prepare yourself before starting your climb.
First and foremost, let us remind you that climbing is one challenging outdoor activity because you do not just walk, you need to stretch your muscles and practice your balance and grip in order to go higher from the ground, like climbing Mt. Apo, the highest peak of the Philippines. Yes, mountain climbing is not a joke. Therefore, you really have to prepare for it.
If you want to climb Mt. Apo and experience its beauty, there are two major factors that you must never take for granted – your health and your mind. So read on to get some practical tips on how to prepare yourself for that great adventure.
Your health is so essential (and fitness, too)
If it is your first time to set your foot on a mountain or it is your first chance to climb Mt. Apo, make sure that your body and health are completely ready. And keep in mind that it is not enough that you are healthy since you also need to be fit.
As you climb, adventure truly waits for you from the time you reach the foot of the mountain until you arrive at the summit. And as you go higher, you will encounter not just peculiar species of plants and animals, but also the big boulder will test your resistance and strength.
While resistance and strength are essential (especially that you as you go up, gravity is pulling you down), you need to exercise to prepare those muscles. You might be asking now for the specific benefits that exercise can actually provide for climbers.
Exercise is definitely your best friend especially when you want to combat altitude sickness and minimize its risks. When you move and stretch those muscles, you eliminate toxins and fats from your body which result to a good blood flow. Never forget that the blood carries the oxygen which you need for sustenance.
This particular preparation activity also helps prepare your heart considering that it helps achieve a good blood flow.
In short, apart from getting a clearance from your doctor for mountain climbing, make exercise a regular routine as well. Do not forget to drink a lot of water, too, to avoid dehydration (which can be another cause of altitude sickness).