Spending an hour or so on the treadmill, walking on an incline, with 10-15kg of weight on my back = massive red face and so much sweating I nearly drown in it!! I know it's got to be done, but I do wonder what the other gym goers are thinking when they see me; walking in with hiking boots on, ruck sack on and then slowly, tediously, walking upwards on the treadmill, face redder than the centre of the sun and sweating like I'm on the run from the police. Ahhh well, I ran out of shame about my abnormally red face many years ago, after the instructor of a kick boxing class I attended actually stopped the class to ask me if I was ok because I was so red!! Oh the embarrassment.
I had a chat with one of the lovely instructors at Evolve Gym (www.evolvehealthandfitness.co.uk/) the other and she gave a really important piece of advice. We were talking about the need to improve my fitness for walking uphill, and she mentioned that getting used to walking downhill is equally important. I hadn't even thought about this. Whilst the old cardio system isn't really put under pressure from walking downhill, the knees most definitely are. Walking downhill engages a different group of muscles in the legs and puts a lot of pressure on the knees. She told me that whilst he is able to easily run uphill, she really struggles to run downhill so to make sure I train for this too. Sound advice.