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Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol

Walking is healthy and keeps you young and fit!

03.08.2017 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Pleasure walk
It is obvious that walking is a healthy option. You could also say that it provides excellent endurance training for the heart and brain, a form of exercise that you can do anytime and anywhere. Your immune system is strengthened, making you less at risk from infections. Breathing in the clear mountain air – something that South Tyrol has in vast quantities – can even significantly reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke. And, apart from the occasional muscle strain, walking has practically no side effects. The effort involved should not be underestimated, however, particularly for beginners: provided you do not overdo it and ensure that your route always matches your fitness level, you can continue walking to a ripe old age.
To ensure you enjoy the positive effects of a walking holiday in South Tyrol, we recommend that you prepare properly and, particularly if you have planned a demanding tour lasting several days in the mountains, a good level of physical fitness is essential.
The best way to get fit for walking is by walking! Perhaps you can go near where you live, even if this is relatively flat country. It is best to do some walks with a fully-laden rucksack in order to strengthen your shoulders. Six to eight weeks before you depart we also recommend that you increase your stamina two to three times a week by going jogging or cycling.
Apart from such targeted training, it is also a good idea to make plenty of exercise part of your everyday life. Even 30 minutes of sport a day will extend your life expectancy. The following 4 tips will mean you get more exercise into your daily life:
1. Walk up the stairs: don’t use the lift or the escalator! Take the stairs – think of them as training equipment!
2. Breathe fresh air 365 days a year: bad weather is no excuse. Get outdoors whatever the weather.
3. Go on foot instead of by car: unless absolutely necessary, walk instead of taking the car.
4. Daily exercise in the office: take a walk after lunch to aid your digestion and boost your fitness level.

Once you are ready to set off, it is also a good idea to heed the following advice. Before starting out, carefully check the length and difficulty of your route and select one that matches your level of fitness. Wear good quality footwear and suitable clothing, and pack a waterproof and first-aid kit. Make sure too that you have enough to drink with you and that you pack sufficient snacks to keep you going. Check the weather forecast and keep an eye on developments. Allow for plenty of breaks en route and maintain a moderate pace so as not to overtax yourself. Finally, always keep to the marked paths to avoid straying into difficult terrain.
Now you are fully prepared, you can set off on your walking holiday and enjoy all of the associated health benefits. We wish you a wonderful time in the mountains!

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