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.
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.
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.