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Are trekking poles effective to help lose weight?

Are trekking poles effective to help lose weight?

Maybe, a Little: As with most products, most is marketing. Primary controls of body weight: food choices and quantity. Most calories are burned in repairing & maintaining our body, not exercise, see: nusi.Org. 1 lb fat = 6-12 hrs intense workout. Exercise & building muscle mass can impact, but each takes a lot of work (best make it fun or you will not continue) & the primary issue is what you do most of the time. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of trekking?

What are the health benefits of trekking?

Trekking Nature: You can build stamina, work your muscles, increase your metabolic rate, stimulate yourself with the areobics as well as breathing in fresh air, basking in the nature around you and obtain sunshine. Pony trekking is also very fun. ...Read more

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With simple exertion i now sweat, and also at night I have traveled to northern myanmar in jan. Trekking in the mts, can it be tropical disease?

With simple exertion i now sweat,   and also at night I have traveled to northern myanmar in jan. Trekking in the mts,  can it be tropical disease?

Absolutely!: Hope you took malaria while there. Even if you did, the "bugs" have become resistant to some preventive meds, so better see someone right away! good luck! ...Read more

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In december I am going on a mountain trek. How can I build my fitness for it?

Time Crunch: There is not enough time now to "build" your fitness level. If you are currently active, stay with your routine. If not currently exercising, i would not expect too much from the mountain trek as you may not be adequately conditioned. Either way, be smart. Start low and go slow ; go with "one hour / one day" rule; this means that if you're sore one hour later or the next day, you did too much. ...Read more

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I went trekking to a place over 5, 000 ft above sea level recently. I do not usually exercise n this is my 1st time. I did not get altitude sickness.Y?

I went trekking to a place over 5, 000 ft above sea level recently. I do not usually exercise n this is my 1st time. I did not get altitude sickness.Y?

Not surprising: At that altitude, true altitude sickness would not be as likely as at much higher altitudes. Also, people's proneness to altitude sickness does not depend on their usual exercise level. Things that can predict it are a history of having it before, doing vigorous execise before adjusting to the altitude, ascending too quickly, drinking alcohol, etc. Keep up your exercise! ...Read more

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Training for a trek I developed a problem with my Achilles tendon, what should I do now?

Training for a trek I developed a problem with my Achilles tendon, what should I do now?

R.I.C.E.: Always seek medical evaluation if your condition does not improve with treatment. Briefly, care should begin with ice, rest, and a compressive wrap. Early range of motion is important when pain allows. Medications and physical therapy can be helpful as well. If pain persists, see an orthopedic specialist for further guidance. ...Read more

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How to make sure my feet have good support for trek?

How to make sure my feet have good support for trek?

Comfortable shoes: Make sure you're wearing comfortable supportive shoes. Make sure that the shoes have a good strong heel counter. They bend at the toes and not in the middle of the shoe. Try shoes on at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen. See a local podiatrist to see what other tips they may have. ...Read more

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