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Stretching possibilities

CathyP

Cathy
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2020)
My husband and I will be starting our first Camino in late April 2020, and are excited/nervous! This forum has been a real treasure for us. Thanks! We are regular walkers in our early 60’s, and have, between us, some past & ongoing back issues. To keep flexible and moving, we faithfully follow a daily regimen of stretches and light body weight exercises, mostly using a yoga mat. (We will have an ultralight type of pad with us.) This is our first activity of the day and we usually do a pared-down version before bed. I am wondering if veterans out there can picture this working in some way on a daily basis while on the CF? I’m sure we are not the only ones out there who are in our shoes with this, but it would be cool to be able to picture it a bit more clearly, based on this forum’s wealth of experience! Thank you in advance!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
You’ll have 15-20 miles of mostly empty trail upon which to stretch every day! 😂. Albergues themselves can be a bit tight, but there’s usually outdoor areas at them to stretch out, plus a great number of village “parks” (don’t expect trees, grass, and ducks!) and rest areas where you can practice your exercises. A few stays even offered specific yoga rooms.

In short, it will work out. No worries.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016; Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre/Muxia 2017; Aragones 2018; Suso/Yuso, Meseta 2019
A few years ago I stayed in an albergue where a fellow peregrina, a yoga instructor, led an impromptu stretching "class" in the evening. It was wonderful! Most albergues have some space that could work for a small group to stretch together if you would like to share. Just start and you will attract a following!
 
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jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Yes, most definitely possible. I shared my little room at the Azofra municipal albergue with another female who spent an hour in the evening doing her stretching stuff, and I woke up in the morning to the same. Didn’t bother me!
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
I am planning on doing stretches and yoga as well. Curious to know which yoga mat you chose.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
You will be not alone doing this, no worries, where there is a will there is a space to stretch ;-)
BC SY
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
As noted above, surely lots of room to stretch at night however I found myself stopping to stretch mostly during the day. It always felt good to take off the pack and roll the shoulders, hips, etc and in general, shake out the tension before it could build up too much. And of course, a good massage a couple of times along the way never hurts either!!
 

CathyP

Cathy
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2020)
I am planning on doing stretches and yoga as well. Curious to know which yoga mat you chose.
The pad I am planning to take unless I find a better alternative is linked here. It weighs 14.5 oz.
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
The pad I am planning to take unless I find a better alternative is linked here. It weighs 14.5 oz.
 

David with new Kit!

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF September (2019) SJPP to Logrono
CF May/June (2020) Logrono to ? (Delayed).
I never bothered stretching or warming up - At least, not until I started getting cramp last year on the CF.
Luckily for me SWMBO was with me and I learned a few stretches from her. Now if I feel a bit cramp coming on I stop and do a few stretches. Never too old to learn a few tricks. 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️
 
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The pad I am planning to take unless I find a better alternative is linked here. It weighs 14.5 oz.
That sleeping pad is designed with insulation from ground chill in mind, so it is heavier due to the additional material.

I do not know how much padding you actually need, but at 2.8 ounces, this sleeping pad is a heckuva lot lighter, and more compact for carry. :)
 
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Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
Hi Cathy
You didn’t ask for this piece of advice, but anyway...
If you have back issues requiring stretching it will be more important than ever on the Camino. Day after day in a relatively static position can be very hard on the back in any circumstances so I suggest you continue your routine however well it is accepted by those around you and not matter what the circumstances. Don’t allow social constructs to ruin your Camino.
Buen Camino.
John
 

marina2174

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2020
I'm a yoga instructor and planning on taking a mat-sized piece of Tyvek. This way I can be grounded, get a little bit of grip and protect myself from gravel or other roadside ouchies. And, it's waterproof so could also serve as an extra bit of coverage during a rainstorm.
 

longwalker60

Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/2018
My husband and I will be starting our first Camino in late April 2020, and are excited/nervous! This forum has been a real treasure for us. Thanks! We are regular walkers in our early 60’s, and have, between us, some past & ongoing back issues. To keep flexible and moving, we faithfully follow a daily regimen of stretches and light body weight exercises, mostly using a yoga mat. (We will have an ultralight type of pad with us.) This is our first activity of the day and we usually do a pared-down version before bed. I am wondering if veterans out there can picture this working in some way on a daily basis while on the CF? I’m sure we are not the only ones out there who are in our shoes with this, but it would be cool to be able to picture it a bit more clearly, based on this forum’s wealth of experience! Thank you in advance!
I can tell you one thing, I practiced a light yoga session at the end of the day or first thing in the morning on a few days walking the camino. I believe it will remove your stiffness and soreness and you will be able to face the daily challenge a little bit easier. I did not have the discipline to practice daily, but when I did, I was glad I did. Good luck and Buen Camino.
 

CathyP

Cathy
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2020)
That sleeping pad is designed with insulation from ground chill in mind, so it is heavier due to the additional material.

I do not know how much padding you actually need, but at 2.8 ounces, this sleeping pad is a heckuva lot lighter, and more compact for carry. :)
Thank you, Dave, for this suggestion. I will check it out, for sure as we work to balance cushion needed with the weight of the pad. Trying to keep all things lightweight and minimal.
 

CathyP

Cathy
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2020)
I'm a yoga instructor and planning on taking a mat-sized piece of Tyvek. This way I can be grounded, get a little bit of grip and protect myself from gravel or other roadside ouchies. And, it's waterproof so could also serve as an extra bit of coverage during a rainstorm.
Wow! I had no idea Tyvek had this use. Thanks so much for the suggestion!
 

CathyP

Cathy
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2020)

harmsdg

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
My husband and I will be starting our first Camino in late April 2020, and are excited/nervous! This forum has been a real treasure for us. Thanks! We are regular walkers in our early 60’s, and have, between us, some past & ongoing back issues. To keep flexible and moving, we faithfully follow a daily regimen of stretches and light body weight exercises, mostly using a yoga mat. (We will have an ultralight type of pad with us.) This is our first activity of the day and we usually do a pared-down version before bed. I am wondering if veterans out there can picture this working in some way on a daily basis while on the CF? I’m sure we are not the only ones out there who are in our shoes with this, but it would be cool to be able to picture it a bit more clearly, based on this forum’s wealth of experience! Thank you in advance!
Some people I walked with a few days on the Camino francés always looked for the "Frontón" or ball court that most towns have. They did their stretches there every evening.
 

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