Do you need to Get Fit for a Hike in the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is a huge area to hike. It’s really smart for those considering hike to get in shape before attempting the trail. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your Grand Canyon hike. Not sure how you are getting there? Consider a Grand Canyon helicopter tour.

Set Goals

When you set a goal, you also need to set smaller goals leading up to the large goal. When you reach these small milestones you can celebrate your progress, which will help you to keep moving forward. If you fall behind, just get back up and head toward the next milestone.

Fitness

The main areas of focus is improving your fitness level and improving your diet.  Getting fit can have roadblocks, such as when your body doesn’t seem to be losing that extra weight, you struggle to become more toned or when you start to get bored with the exercise.

Instead of setting a goal for the same routine every day, change it up. One day work with a trainer, the next day take a fun fitness class and the next day do yoga at home. You can even try fitness videos, spend a day at the gym or spend the day exercising at the local pool. Whatever types of fitness you enjoy just be sure to change it up and avoid the same routine.

Your body will not evolve if you feel bored or if you’re doing a type of exercise you don’t enjoy. Always be pushing yourself a little harder each time by doing extra reps or putting in a little more effort. If you still feel bored, get a workout friend to keep you accountable and to make it more fun.

Diet

When you’re preparing for your hike, make sure you’re watching portions. Some people prefer 5 meals a day over 3 to avoid overeating and to keep metabolism up. Include lean proteins and complex carbohydrates in your diet. Avoid processed food as much as possible. Try to cook your food in advance to avoid overeating and to make healthier snack choices.

Don’t Forget to Rest

Sleep is crucial to your body’s recovery. Getting 8 hours of sleep a night is very important. Lacking sleep can cause you to gain weight. Drink water before bed and try stretching and unplugging right before bed.

The Grand Canyon can offer a beautiful hike, but going in prepared to handle it is the smartest way to enjoy it. Make sure you’re in shape and ready for the beautiful hike that awaits.