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Time to Train

Most people see themselves as the invincible twenty-year-old they once were. Unfortunately, the mind and body don't always agree. For this reason, it is vital, before beginning any type of climb or hike, to train, train and train some more! Taking the time to train may be difficult, but once you actually hit the trails, you'll be so glad you did. Here are a few steps you can take to start training without sacrificing too much time and torn ligaments!



Stretch!

Sounds simple, but you will be shocked at how tight and inflexible you are. Over time, people tend to take for granted that they become less limber and usually end up injuring themselves while exercising due to lack of flexibility. 10-15 minutes of stretching, twice a day can not only increase blood flow in places you never knew existed, but elongates muscles and prevents dozens of injuries. Not to mention, you will feel better almost immediately!

Shoes

Time to break down and buy a pair of good quality sneakers! That's right, you need to buy supportive shoes that you will be wearing on your climb. If you don't practice wearing the same shoes you are going to use, your feet will be a wreck. Acclimating your feet and body to new shoes can take weeks. The new structure and support of the shoe is foreign to your tootsies, so do yourself a favor and give your feet at least 3 weeks to get used to your new kicks.

Steps

Some say walking is enough, I say stairs are the way to go! If you can climbing stairs for 30 minutes and not pass out, you are ready for just about anything. Start by taking the stairs anywhere you can and once you are ready for the nest step, check out a local high school for after hours time to use the bleacher steps.



Hydrate

Start hydrating now! Drink water until you can't go 5 minutes without peeing. this is extremely important since one of the top injuries during any type of exercise is dehydration. It's healthy, cheap and a necessity for any type of physical activity.

Weights

Ahhh, the dreaded weights! You will likely be carrying some sort of backpack on your trip, so add a little something heavy to it each time you go on a practice hike. Also, use free weights to train with - ankle weights, wrist weights, just start weight lifting, lightly, now, so you aren't waking up to Mr. Severe Back Pain the next morning.

Tara Spenser is currently the resident writer for workingcapital.org, where she researches the most affordable small business loans available. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, swimming and being a mom.