As we prepare to walk the Camino de Santiago, for most of us that means starting an exercise program. It is tough to choose and plan the exact program that will motivate us and gets the results we need to accomplish our fitness goals. We first need to understand what our fitness goals are and what is the fitness mindset and mental toughness required to commit to our goals. Our bodies may be ready to start exercising but our minds are what we need to work on when it comes with keeping to an exercise routine. So I thought it might be helpful to provide this quick 10 question survey to help you assess your physical fitness readiness for walking the Camino.
Everyone has their own reasons for walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. It is a popular pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo in Galicia Spain where the sacred remains of the Apostle St James (the Greater) are purported to be buried. The earliest visits to the shrine for St James are recorded in the 9th century and non-stop over the ages the pilgrims kept coming and their origins expanded to include many countries around the world. Today over 100,000 pilgrims annually walk the Way of St James, varying in their distances walked and their reasons for walking. Continue reading →