Tough hike - big fitness boost?

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Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby Kuhr » Tue 08 May, 2018 4:44 pm

Greets

I am an overweight guy (120 kg) who has hiked 1-3 times a week for 18 months solo, and as part of organised groups. I have no problem with long 20km plus hikes, and have completed many small Mountain hikes lately like Flinders Peak and the Cream Track.

Two days ago I tackled Mt Barney South ridge solo (second time - a friend and I almost made it six months ago in 12 hours) and did make the peak this time. Return time from the car park was 9 hrs 42 minutes with 40 mins of that at the summit.

Since the trip I've been understandably sore all over, but I have noticed an incredible boost in my fitness - I walk faster, tire less, my heart rate and breathing rate when fast walking is way down and I feel far stronger all over. Just more sore as well.

Is it normal to feel such a large fitness boost from a single extreme hiking event?

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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby Mechanic-AL » Tue 08 May, 2018 7:15 pm

You Betcha !!!

I feel like superman every time I complete a multi day walk.
Unfortunately, if I don't back it up with regular day walks it's not too long before I feel like I've been exposed to Kryptonite again.

And long walks are not only good physically, they help de-clutter the 'ol brain a bit ( does for me anyway ) and that's got to make you feel better.
Hope your out there again soon !
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 08 May, 2018 8:24 pm

I’ve read (and this backed up by personal experience) that fitness level is one of the fastest to increase. Literally a few days of intense exercise and you can increase your fitness, sadly it also decreases equally fast, you start to lose percentages of gained fitness in about a week. Of course if you keep walking you wont lose it! :D
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 08 May, 2018 11:16 pm

One needs a base, then extreme intensity sessions can quickly uplift one's fitness. The base adds to the durability. Unfortunately for most bushwalkers who can't be 'training' every week, one needs to build that base by other exercises.
Just move it!
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Wed 09 May, 2018 1:50 pm

Mechanic-AL wrote:I feel like superman every time I complete a multi day walk.
Unfortunately, if I don't back it up with regular day walks it's not too long before I feel like I've been exposed to Kryptonite again.

Absolutely. Can only get time for a few (typ. 3-5) multiday walks a year, and maybe only 1-2 of those go for a week or more. The spike in fitness and general wellbeing after a multiday hangs around for maybe a couple of weeks and then dissipates.
GPSGuided wrote:Unfortunately for most bushwalkers who can't be 'training' every week, one needs to build that base by other exercises.

I suspect this applies to the vast majority of us who have to work :cry: ... running, gym, semi-regular daywalks are good but nothing like getting away with a full pack for a few days.
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby wayno » Wed 09 May, 2018 2:19 pm

THE LIST OF CHANGES IN YOUR BODY FROM hard exercise is quite long....
the more you make it a habit the better it gets
more blood volume and red blood cells to transport nutrients oxygen to the muscles and waste products away from the muscles, more enzymes in your muscles to generate more force and energy...
you will also increase blood capilaries around the body to improve blood flow, but that is a slower process but continues on for years.
how much of a boost you get varies with your genes..
the often quoted figure of blood in your body for the average person is 7 litres, a top endurance athlete could have anything up to seven litres of blood.
you will be able to burn more glucose and fat as well. but remember the harder you exercise , you will need to increase how much you drink esp if you find you are sweating more. and the amount you will sweat could double with improved fitness as your cooling mechanism ramps up to cope with the extra heat output and coping with warm weather while you exercise.
but be wary, because you're going to be more prone to injury, it takes you body longer to physically strengthen up to fully cope with the extra ability to exert force on your limbs... novices who start endurance running often are most prone to injury around 6 weeks into their training as their ability to exercise outstrips their bodies ability to cope with the extra force being exerted on their body. so ease off if you start getting niggles, don't go mad on increasing the amount of bushwalking you do. normal training regimes shouldnt increase training volume and intensity more than ten percent a week
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby 10001110101 » Thu 10 May, 2018 8:25 am

A big part of the perceived fitness boost after a tough hike like that could be psychological.

Fitness does increase (and decrease) very quickly, but you're generally looking at several weeks of consistent effort before there are measurable results.

Don't under-estimate the effect a psychological boost like that can have.
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Re: Tough hike - big fitness boost?

Postby Hallu » Wed 16 May, 2018 8:12 pm

I get that boost usually 2 days after. The day after not really, but 2 days after I'm a new man. For the soreness, I only feel it when I don't stretch. I know there's no proof stretching has any benefit but it seems to work for me. If you're overweight don't push your body too much. You may damage your knees and ankles. Don't let that feeling of improved fitness make you think you can do anything, wait until you've lost the excess weight. I've done a 3 week vacation in the US (California, Utah, Arizona) doing only day walks, but overall walking 5-6 hours on average every single day which I'd never done. By day 15 or 16 a calf muscle decided to just give up. It was too painful to do long hikes, I had to lay low for a a couple of days. It wasn't serious, but a warning that you can't push it too hard too fast.
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