Exercise tips for you if you are planning to conquer Mount Kinabalu

You have heard of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah and the wonderful experience of those who have gone on the journey to climb it. After listening to the wonderful stories about Mount Kinabalu, you decided to climb Mount Kinabalu yourself. However before you fly off to Sabah to climb Mount Kinabalu you need to make sure that you are strong and fit enough to make it to the summit. This means you will have to be aware of all the physical preparations and exercises you need to do in order to be successful in climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

Little Exercise

Little Exercise

Climbing Mount Kinabalu will involve a lot of long seemingly never ending uphill walks along the mountain paths. It is estimated that you will walk for around a total of 12 to 14 hours during your Mount Kinabalu climb. You must make sure that you are in a good physical health, have strong ankles and knees, not suffering from any heart or lung condition and you also must be aware of the limits of your physical endurance. Most importantly, you must not be suffering from any leg injuries because during your Mount Kinabalu climb your legs will take a lot of strains from climbing and ascending the paths towards Mount Kinabalu.

What you really need the most is good physical and mental preparation before starting your journey to climb Mount Kinabalu. Always bear in mind that the mental factor also plays an important role in determining your success in conquering Mount Kinabalu. There have been cases where physically fit climbers gave up after they reached the half-way mark at Layang-Layang checkpoint after successfully completing the first phase of the journey.

You are recommended to start your exercise at least 3 months before climbing Mount Kinabalu. For starters, you can start doing activities such as cycling and running. If you continue to do these types of activities at least twice per week on Saturdays or Sundays for at least four hours per session, you will build up your lower muscle strength for the climb to Mount Kinabalu. Refrain from staying up late, excessive smoking and drinking 3 months before you start your Mount Kinabalu climb. Adopt a healthy lifestyle during the months leading to your Mount Kinabalu climb.

You can also do some simple exercises from the comforts of your home. You can walk up and down the steps of your stairways, starting the count at 500 steps, which will take you 15 minutes to complete, and increasing it to 1000 steps as the date to your Mount Kinabalu climb draw closer. If you do this simple exercise 5-days a week, you will be familiarised with the long uphill climb to Mount Kinabalu. Another exercise you can do at home is lifting dumbbells to strengthen your biceps, triceps, shoulder muscles and your overall upper body strength.
If you are really up to it, you can attempt to scale a small hill of at least 1000 feet high as part of the final phase of your exercise. You should repeat this climbing exercise at least 2 times before the climb. It would take you around 3 to 5 hours to do so. If you managed to complete this climb then you can be certain that you are physically ready for your journey to climb Mount Kinabalu.

Besides the cardio and lower body and legs exercise, you will need to carry some weights too because you will be carrying your own bags along the whole hiking tour. You of course may hire a porter to carry for you but if you are fit, so why not carry your own bags. Every kg of your bag weight counts. So plan carefully of what you want to bring and what to leave behind. If it is any consolation, there are lockers for rent readily available at Mesilau Lodge.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu is a physically and mentally demanding activity but the journey to conquer it is undoubtedly rewarding. All of your efforts in preparing for the climb will be worth it. You will feel a real sense of achievement, wonder and awe when you finally stand on the summit of Mount Kinabalu looking at the breath taking scenes from the highest point in Sabah. Why don’t you take the Mount Kinabalu challenge now?
2D1N Climb Mt Kinabalu

2D1N Climb Mt Kinabalu

 

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