THE BENEFITS OF TREKKING

Trekking is a physical activity with thousand virtues regardless of the duration of your trek, your location or even your physical level. Let's together discover these benefits.
 

In the mountains, in the desert or in a more urban environment, trekking allows you to escape, to get away from your daily life, to discover new things, new spaces while doing good to your body!

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THE BENEFITS OF TREKKING

Trekking is a physical activity with thousand virtues regardless of the duration of your trek, your location or even your physical level. Let's together discover these benefits.

In the mountains, in the desert or in a more urban environment, trekking allows you to escape, to get away from your daily life, to discover new things, new spaces while doing good to your body!
 

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BENEFITS OF SPORT IN GENERAL

Like all physical activities, trekking is beneficial for your health: develop your bones, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, increase your cardiovascular and respiratory capacities, strengthen your immune system, improve your muscular capacity.

Not to mention the ventilative quality of fresh air, a change in pace and place promotes the reduction of stress. Disconnection from everyday life really helps to take a step back from mundane worries and connect with yourself. 

Trekking has its specific benefits because the majority of trekkers walk long distances, and/or several days in a row, on sometimes demanding terrain in terms of altitude, with a bag on the back often quite heavy and a pair of poles as a best friend.

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AND MORE....

Slow and prolonged walking is a physical activity that is not very traumatic for the joints, compared to other impact sports. It gently develops a balanced musculature and a cladding of all the muscles of the body:  those of the 4 limbs and the trunk. It also works the motor coordination and rebalances the body areas if necessary.

Why? Because it's asymmetrical activity. Your left side is doing the same thing as your right side. You work both the front and the back of your body.

Finally, if you have poles, you work both up and down your body.

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TREKKING POLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND 

Poles are not only for people with reduced physical abilities or balance problems. On the contrary, their use not only allows you to walk longer and with a better position but they will also bring you other things!

They increase the strain on all the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, arms, and forearms. Thus, you tone or even build muscles (depending on the physical level of your trek) on all the upper parts by making sure that your back is always straight whether you're on a slope or a climb.

These poles allow you to have a more balanced workout for the whole body, continuously soliciting the arms, simultaneously with the movements of your legs. This also helps to avoid wrong movements which are later reflected through back pain especially because you have a big back on your back.

Keep in mind, however, that depending on the location of your trek, the difficulty of the paths, the elevations traveled, or the duration of your trek, these benefits evolve and vary on a different scale! 

The altitude, for example, several days in a row, "forces" your body to adapt. 

Mountain trek encourages the increased production of red blood cells to compensate for the lack of oxygen (more carriers that bring it back to the muscles). This adaptation allows a better oxygenation of your entire body. You inhale less oxygen but you have the capacity to carry more at the same time in the blood. The advantage of this long adaptation and it will benefit you several weeks after the end of your trek, even if you are no longer at an altitude. 

Do not hesitate! Whatever the duration, the difficulty or the chosen path: it can only do you good! So go trek!

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