Training Tips

It is important that you are in good physical condition in order to enjoy your hiking adventure. The distances can be long and the landscape hilly, and for part of the day you will be carrying a knapsack holding three to four litres of water.

We recommend regular exercise during the months leading up to the hike, including some hill climbing (by machine or outside). Everyone should participate in a cardio program to maintain overall fitness.

Jogging and walking on level, hilly and uneven terrain will help improve your fitness level, and will strengthen your core, leg muscles and balance. It’s important to prepare your knees for the challenge of the hike. Stairmasters, elliptical trainers and treadmills set on higher inclines are perfect for winter training.

Start your training program at a level that is comfortable and moderately challenging, and increase both the duration and elevation over time. As you will be hiking for as much as seven hours a day, it’s a good idea to continually increase your training duration to the point where you can manage this with changes in incline. Your training should include carrying a backpack with increased weight so that you will be used to hiking with a heavier pack this by the time you take part in the OneFamily hike. Of note, a good backpack with supports and padded straps will make a world of difference. We recommend you try on several in order to find one that is comfortable and the right size for you.

The OneFamily Cross Israel Hike consists of four-and-a-half consecutive days of hiking. If you can, we strongly recommend that you participate in some long-distance training hikes on consecutive days, to ready your muscles for the repetitive nature of the hike. This will also give you a chance to confirm that your shoes fit properly and that you are comfortable with your equipment.

The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your hike will be.

One Step. One Life. One Family.