Can Being Fit Reduce The Chances Of Getting AMS?

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Can Being Fit Reduce The Chances Of Getting AMS?

Category Fitness and Nutrition

By Karishma Jayapaul

2017-10-09

We all know that Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) cannot be entirely escaped on a high altitude trek. But can you reduce your chances of getting it by keeping fit?

On this week’s episode on Trek Talks with Vishnu Benne, our host Vishnu explains how keeping fit can help reduce the chances of being hit by AMS.

On my trek to Kuari Pass last month, I could see some trekkers struggling on the pass day. The ascent on this day was steep and covered quite a long distance. Later that day I learnt that they hadn’t been preparing for the trek. Some of them had stopped doing so just a month before the trek.

I wasn’t surprised that they began showing signs of AMS right from the day we reached the first campsite. They complained of headaches and felt nauseous. Could this be linked? Who knows!

Vishnu breaks down the importance of getting fit for a trek.

He tells you how getting fit doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply wear your running shoes and head outside. Running on the street or even the neighbourhood park will help you better acclimatize to the natural elements you will encounter on your trek.

If you want to get fit for your next trek then give this podcast a listen.

Stay tuned to our weekly podcast for more such information on high altitude trekking tips.

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Karishma Jayapaul

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Karishma Jayapaul was an assistant content manager at Indiahikes. A journalist by profession, she loves to write about real life experiences. Her love for fitness and writing made her join the Indiahikes content team. Baking is her first love, while in her free time she plays the piano.