Ready for the walking adventure of a lifetime? Ready to take that fitness walk to a new level? Get ready for the adventure walk.
Occasionally, something comes along that reminds you how the world of walking-for-fitness can be as vast as the ocean. This means there are many opportunities to get a good walking workout; and opportunities to go from status-quo walker to adventure walker.
An Adventure Walker, according to www.adventure.com.au, is one who “enjoys the challenge of a long walk, who might carry all their own gear, or who doesn’t mind roughing it for a bit … – not to mention exercise and exploring new walking trails.”
And how much of a challenge is needed to satisfy the desired level of adventure? Explanations of what the different levels are can be found below, as well as at the adventure.com.au’s site. Although the site is Australian based, there is a lot of useful information that can be adapted to fit the walker’s lifestyle such as: Do I walk alone or in a group? Are adventure walking clubs for me? What equipment do I need? And, what types of places should I consider for adventure walking?
Here is the basic information walkers can use to size up their skills with the site’s grading system. Take special note, however, to the fitness level suggested for that grade.
Easy= a short day or evening walk which is suitable for most people with basic fitness; easy walking, ample rests, mainly on tracks, with not too many ups and downs; walking time 1 to 5 hours. Suitable for most people in good health.
Medium= walking of medium difficulty; ample rests, moderate ups and downs, on tracks and/or off track in open or forest areas; walking time 5 to 6 hours. Suitable for people who are fitter or more experienced.
Hard= consistent walking, moderate or longer ups and downs, on tracks and/or off track in medium scrub or forest areas; walking time 6 to 8 hours.
Very hard= consistent walking in difficult terrain, few rests, thick scrub, alpine or desert areas; walking time 8 to 12 hours.
Anyone can become an adventure walker. And there is no better way to get fit than spending time exploring walking trails in the local area. Get out and have a fitness walking adventure.
Always Remember: Consult your physician before starting any exercise and/or diet regimen.