Physical preparation for the Camino de Santiago

October 1, 2011
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  • Prepare physically. Perform a previous physical preparation, dedicate every day at least an hour or two to walk in good gear, from one month before starting the pilgrimage. We will plan the stages according to your physical possibilities. Do not worry about the weight of the backpack, since we take care of transporting it from stage to stage so you can fully enjoy the Camino without any worries.
  • Before and after walking you have to do exercises stretches. Once you start the march, you will not be too fast for the first few days and keep the same rhythm. Walk on your own, do not force the march, but do not stop constantly: the continuous stops make the road very exhausting.
  • The care of the feet is essential in order to prevent blisters. Use the boots or slippers before starting the road (never brand new). Choose a hard-soled footwear to keep the foot attached. After walking rest your foot holding it up.
  • For avoid blisters It is important wear good socks: in specialized stores they sell some that keep the foot dry and do not have seams.
  • Keep the hydrated foot, as well as those parts of the body that are exposed to friction. For this it is good to apply vaseline or any other moisturizer.
  • Do not be afraid. You are capable of much more than you imagine. The road will put you, sometimes, to the limit. Be patient, obstacles have been made to be skipped.

  • The most common physical problems are: stiffness, blisters, contractures and tendinitis. The first two are annoying but they do not paralyze you. However, muscle problems have to be taken seriously and not forced.
  • Some people help themselves from a staff: a cane to lean on the road.
  • Very important is that EACH PERSON ADECTS ITS RHYTHM OF MARCH TO ITS REAL PHYSICAL POSSIBILITIES, NEVER TO THAT OF OTHER PILGRIMS.
  • Once on the road it's time to enjoy and not have worries, let yourself be carried away by the landscape and by the good company of your companions or other pilgrims. And remember that you will always have a human team that will support you when there is a problem.

As a contact point on the Camino de Santiago we recommend doing the Way of Saint James from Sarria Already for its special appeal in Galician territory, for its people, landscapes, gastronomy; as well as because it is a quite feasible terrain and that does not require an excessive physical preparation.