Everyone knows that hitting the gym a few days a week or walking a good number of miles to and from work a week are signs of a healthy lifestyle.
Many people get their daily exercise just to stay fit, but only a few of us do these things to test our fitness level doing a different sort of activities that are not necessarily the ones we perform at home.
Some of these activities can be practiced outdoors only; they range from mountain biking to climbing and from cross country running to mountain climbing and alpine hiking.
Training at sea level or low altitude might feel rewarding but putting to a test the results of that physical training at high altitude will take your physical endurance to a whole other level, especially when it comes to starting to acclimatize to high altitude.
The fact is that there isn’t an exact method to follow when it comes to acclimating for high altitude; many factors can determine how soon one gets to acclimatize to places located over nine thousand feet and above.
The best advice to follow to avoid altitude sickness is to start by going on short walks at a slow pace while synchronizing this with ones’ breathing rhythm.
Drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol, and heavy meat consumption can accelerate the process of acclimatizing. In some places such as Cusco Peru, the local people might offer you a cup of coca leaves tea which will for sure help you acclimatize quickly.
Some of the best places for putting a test one’s physical fitness and endurance at high altitude are the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or the hike to the psychedelic rainbow mountains of Peru. Two unique places of a lot of historical and geological importance of the world.
On the one hand, the Inca trail trek takes between three and five days of hiking, it reaches altitudes beyond fourteen thousand feet and covers a distance of 25 miles.
On the other hand, the rainbow mountains trek takes only one day along a ten-mile path, over an altitude of 16,000 feet.
The challenging nature of these two locations, which are some of the bests destinations for hikers across the world will test for sure your physical endurance.
The new year’s is around the corner, perhaps checking this trekking company in Peru will help you make the new year resolution that will take you to Peru, so you can take your physical fitness to high levels; literally.
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