Introduction and General Principles
We are extremely fortunate to have in our back yard a wonderful training ground but if you are creative enough, you should be able to train anywhere at any time of the year and get in a great workout. You will find many recommendations here, but ultimately you will be developing a program or regimen for yourself. We’ll help you in that process. Before you set out, read the general principles below. Then read them again. Make these philosophies an integral part of your total physical wellness program.
- Learn to listen to your body…it will tell you which days you can train hard and which days you should rest. We are all as unique as snowflakes and it is up to each and every one of us to tune in to the signals our bodies are sending us. This is so very critical as you develop a regimen that works for you. We’ve listed it first (even ahead of hydration) and you’ll see it again as you read through the training/fitness section.
- Make sure you have a sufficient amount of water with you while you are training. Dehydration is one of the biggest reasons people suffer at high altitude. Thinner and drier air soaks up a lot of fluids. You have to replace them as soon as possible and frequently. Proper hydration will also help you sleep better at high altitude. You can lose up to 30 percent of your strength and stamina through just moderate dehydration at any altitude.
- It is impossible to train 100 percent everyday. If you don’t allow your body to rest and recover it will be difficult to train and perform to your full potential. Most people who’ve never been a competitive athlete do not understand the importance of rest. If you think you’re training “hard” every day, you are probably only achieving 60 to 75 percent of your potential.
- Be sure to do some stretching before, during and after your workouts. It helps in the recovery of your muscles. Mobility is very important in everything we do. While soreness is good, pain is bad and it’s important to learn the difference.
- Core strengthening is an important part of training for any physical endeavor. This area is from the tops of your legs to the bottoms of your arms. Keeping a good posture will help in your overall performance, coordination and quick explosive power. Remember…this is your physical center.
- Don’t lose sight of the fact that this is supposed to be FUN! It’s about getting out and experiencing the natural environment with your friends and family and feeling good doing so. Nothing compares to the feeling of getting back to what we as humans were designed for.
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