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Tips to combat fatigue on the Camino de Santiago

When starting the Camino de Santiago, it is necessary to take into account various guidelines to regain strength and reduce the fatigue caused by long days walking

Descanso mirando a un paisaje desde el pico de la montaña - nensuria/iStock

Descanso mirando a un paisaje desde el pico de la montaña - nensuria/iStock

During our journey on the different routes of the Camino de Santiago, it is very common to perceive on certain days that fatigue takes over our body. Faced with this situation, it is gratifying to rest and sleep the necessary hours, since the next day we wake up as new and with charged energy.

The Camino de Santiago is one of the most beautiful experiences that a person can live throughout his life. However, fatigue can often become our worst enemy, as it makes us feel tired and want to give up our goal. The days that we walk with the backpack on our shoulders, doing kilometers and suffering from adverse weather conditions will make us feel tired and with little vitality, so we want to recommend a series of tips to combat fatigue during the Camino.

Tips to regain strength on the Camino de Santiago

Drinking energy drinks is a good option for those who do days of 30-40 kilometers, since they will replace the mineral salts that they have lost during the journey. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid muscle fatigue. It is advisable to drink small sips frequently to hydrate ourselves.

We must limit the weight of the backpack. Remember not to overdo the weight since you will have to walk for kilometers with it and overexertion in this area for several weeks can have serious consequences for the muscles. In addition, fatigue will make you slow down and that with the hours you start to lose your strength, so try to carry what you need in your backpack. The ideal is not to carry more than 10% of our body weight, for example if you weigh 80 kg your backpack should not exceed 8 kg.

Leg and foot massages are appreciated, whether done by ourselves or by a partner. Shoelaces are not the real problem, since we will stop having them the next day. The drawback is the muscular fatigue that can appear due to the pace of walking, dehydration and overexertion to which we are not used.

Take breaks during the day to regain strength, so that you do not feel exhausted and promote the pace of recovery. It is not necessary to rest alone in the shelters, since we can do it when the body needs it. If he asks us to rest, we just have to lie down, it doesn't matter what time of day, especially after eating. You can also accompany this stop by eating and drinking something. If you follow these steps, your body will thank you and you will enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Along with taking breaks, you find yourself getting a good night's sleep. If we do not sleep enough hours we will notice how we lack strength the next day. Remember that rest during the Camino de Santiago is essential to be able to do it with the necessary energy it requires.

Even if you need more rest, you can think about resting a full day. This way you will be able to tackle the remaining kilometers to the finish with more enthusiasm. In fact, the ideal is to rest a full day per week.

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