Once you have made the decision to participate in the course it is important to be prepared for what’s in store
Students on backpacking course during an Nlite Expedition.
You’ve considered which course you want to participate in. You’ve convinced your parents that you’re ready for an outdoor adventure that’s more than just a summer camp. Your paperwork is done. Your tuition is paid. And now you wait. You watch the days tick by until school is out; until the sun is on your face; until your expedition has begun.
But don’t wait. Get ready. Over the next few blogs post we will share with you important tips to prepare yourself for one of the greatest adventures of your life and to help you get the very most out of your NWE Course. You’ll find that planning pays off as you start out on your expedition on the right foot from day one.
Get physically fit.
On an Nlite course, you’ll be pushing your physical and mental limits. Students who arrive on course in good physical shape can go further; do more; and more fully explore the depth of their true potential. So, what does “physically fit” mean? Start out by getting active at least four times a week. Jog around the neighborhood for 15 minutes – and gradually work up to 30 minutes or an hour and fifteen. Start a squat contest with your best friends or a push-up contest with your little brother. The key here is that your physical activity be regular and vigorous. Get your heart rate up. Sweat. Get the air moving through your lungs. When you are on the trail, with a backpack full of gear and a team of crewmates behind you, your lungs (and heart and muscles) will be grateful you put in the training.
Practice good self-care.
During an Nlite course, students are encouraged to be proactive about taking good care of themselves. This means drinking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen, washing hands before every meal, and carefully monitoring their well-being. At home, you can start good self-care habits early. Start by drinking plenty of water. Carry a reusable water bottle and challenge yourself to drink and re-fill it 3-4 times throughout the day. You can add citrus or fruit to the water to add some flavor– and keep up the hydration motivation. Find a sunscreen that you like – and get used to putting it on every single morning, re-applying in sunny situations, and carrying it with you for easy access. Be careful and consistent about washing your hands– even at home. Clean hands will be especially important in the wilderness when you’re helping prepare food for the group. Also, get in tune with the way you feel. How do you feel when you go to bed at 3 am versus 10 pm? How about when you don’t get enough water or when you forget to put on sunscreen? Once you arrive on course, you’ll be well-hydrated, well-rested, and armed with good habits to keep you happy and healthy on course.
Start following these points more steps will be posted soon