With the latest announcements surrounding COVID 19 and lock down laws easing slightly as of this weekend its time to start considering what your “mountain” fitness is currently?
Have you used the isolation period wisely and kept up a fitness regime that will see you flying up the mountains at your pre COVID 19 pace? Or did you become a bit of a couch potato during lockdown?
No judgement either way but with most national parks reopening as of midnight Friday (See park alerts for more info: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/) its definitely time to start a home fitness plan if you haven’t already!
General bodyweight exercises like running, squats, lunges and balance work are a great way to start a home fitness program, and most of these can be done without any expensive equipment! Good cardiovascular fitness, leg strength and stamina are all important for hiking fitness and all of these can be achieved without a gym and within your local area! Head down to the local park, run around the block or just complete some basic bodyweight exercises in your backyard.
If you are looking for some motivation or ideas to get started the best way to approach a new fitness program is simplicity. Don’t go hard out in the first few days, you want to set yourself up to continue on with your program, not burn out and get sick of it within a week! Message some friends to join you on a 4-week challenge and keep each other motivated.
A sample program at home could look like: Plan to workout 4 days per week, combining one day of bodyweight exercises in the backyard (squats, push ups, lunges, mountain climbers, step ups, situps-10 reps of each exercise, 3-5 sets of each), followed by a cardio workout the following day (Run or walk depending on your fitness, injuries, etc), then a rest day and repeat.
Day 1: Bodyweight strength session
Day 2: 30 Minute Run/Walk
Day 3: Rest Day
Day 4: Bodyweight strength session
Day 5: 30 Minute Run/Walk
Day 6: Rest Day
Day 7: Yoga or stretching session
The second week of your program you could aim to complete more reps, run a little further or add in some weight to your exercises. Each week gradually make your workouts slightly harder or longer so you are continuing to progress with your fitness.
Once the lockdown is fully lifted Mt barney lodge will be offering a wide range of guided mountain hikes and mountain fit programs again! You can view available options on our new website: https://www.mtbarneylodge.com.au/experience/. If Your goal this year was to climb Mount Barney, we can help make it a reality!
If you would like to be kept up to date with upcoming hikes and events you can join our email contact list and we will notify you once winter hike dates are set!