Keeping Fit for the Mountains in Lockdown. Read our How To Guide!
For anyone who loves the freedom and solitude of trail running in the mountains, lockdown may have been a frustrating time, especially in countries where restrictions on our daily movement have been very limited. So what can we do to keep ourselves fit and ready for the day that our mountains re-open and we can run free again? It’s time to focus your time and make the most of the lockdown experience.
Focus your time on a mix of gaining strength, flexibility, HIIT work outs (High Intensity Interval Training) and appreciating the new calm in your local surroundings. Here are our top tips for staying 'hill fit' both in mind and body.
Hiking With A Pack
If you're allowed out locally, then make the most of your daily exercise and simulate trail running in the hills as much as possible, even if you live in an urban area. Stick on a weighted pack (5-8kg), and fast pack your way around your local parks and streets. Remember to notice the nature that surrounds you, even if it's just the neighbours' flower beds and hedgerows. Even in the most built up areas, the birds are singing loud and clear against the quiet roads and skies. You'll be amazed what you can find within just a few minutes' walk from home.
What to Pack?
Check out this video we made on hiking or running with a pack to help you remember what you need to put in your running rucksack. Plus read our blog on fast-packing adventures if you're looking for more inspiration - in a future beyond lockdown.