Am I fit enough to walk the Camino?

So you ‘ve seen the films, you may have read the books and your friends are telling you all about the magic of the trail and The Camino de Santiago. You know you want to go but first, you stop to ask yourself one question;

Am I fit enough to walk the Camino?

The truth is that the Camino is doable for just about anyone, it all depends on your fitness level and the route you are taking.  Some routes are suitable for shorter walking days, have less challenging terrain and are a little easier on the feet.

Know Your Level

The best way to discover your fitness level is to lace up your walking shoes and hit the trail locally. See how far you can walk, and what kind of terrain you find the most difficult.

Chose your route

Our travel specialists will use their expertise and local knowledge to chose the best route for you after you asses your level of fitness. Seasoned hikers may be interested in the stunning first section of The French Way, passing over the Pyrenees. Beginners may opt for the relatively flat, scenic Portuguese Coastal Camino. Check our Camino Collections for more.

Get Moving

When booking your Camino adventure remember to leave yourself plenty of time to train. You would be surprised how much your fitness level can improve in six months of training.

Try technology

Have you tried using a pedometer or a fitness tracker? These devices are usually worn on the wrist and can give you reminders to move throughout the day. Perfect if you have a desk job!

Avoid injury

Don’t let the injury ruin your Camino. Make sure you know how to stretch, this will help you avoid picking up any pesky niggles.

Expand Y0ur Knowledge

Our free Camino fitness materials can help you learn everything you need to know about training, nutrition, health and the practicalities of walking The Camino. Download our fitness ebook here, or watch our fitness videos on YouTube here.

For more information on any of our walking or cycling tours, please contact the travel specialists.

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