Basic requirements for going on the Way of Saint James
In order to go on the Way of Saint James, it is advisable to be previously prepared through gymnasium exercises which help to tone and give elasticity to the muscles, in particular the legs, back and neck.
Recommended routines and exercises before starting the Way
We will begin with short strolls on flat land and, progressively, we will increase the number of kilometres and vary the type of terrain in order to adapt our bodies to what we are going to find on the Way..
What exertions will you be required to make on travelling the Way on foot?
The beginning of the walk must always be smooth and rhythmical, the intensity can be increased gradually only once the body is heated up. Once the level of exertion in accord with our capacity is reached, walking must be maintained at a regular, continuous level.
In order to minimise the risk of injuring the Achilles tendon, during the previous preparation or training for the Way, it is necessary to remember to do exercises which benefit the stretching of this tendon, always increasing the intensity progressively.
A backpack which is correctly packed for this type of activity must not exceed 10 kg in weight. When the backpack is acquired, we must check that it has protection systems on the straps in order to prevent chaffing of the skin.
Footwear must be comfortable and adapted to our feet, that is to say, broken in. New, stiff footwear will end up harming us when we start our walk. It is preferable to use trekking or mountain boots, but, depending on the climatological conditions, other types of footwear specifically for walking can be used.
During the short stops made throughout the walk, advantage will be taken of these in order to drink and eat in small quantities, but which are sufficient to build up strength. In order to alleviate tiredness and tension in the lower limbs, especially the feet, we can loosen our footwear and rest with our feet up.
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