The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is a spiritual journey, but also a challenge that involves physical effort. In each stage of the Way of Saint James, the pilgrim faces distances of more than twenty kilometres. To face them, physical preparation is necessary, but also good
The pilgrim on the Way of Saint James each day faces more than twenty kilometres of distance. Stage after stage, fatigue and physical exertion can take their toll causing muscle contractures and muscle overload.
Sunburn is caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. During the Camino de Santiago, especially in the summer months, the pilgrim is exposed throughout the day. Sometimes, the Jacobean Route passes through places without shade that prevent the pilgrim from sheltering from the sun's
Subjecting the body to high temperatures can lead to exhaustion, heat stroke and cramps. If this is added to physical exercise, the situation can be complicated. The pilgrim who makes the Way of Saint James in the summer months should be aware of possible symptoms caused
Pilgrims on the Way of Saint James in the winter months should bear in mind that the temperature can play against them. The Pilgrim's Way crosses several mountainous areas, and to protect yourself, it is best to protect your fingers, toes, ears and nose from the
In the summer season mosquitoes annoyingly accompany pilgrims on their walk through some of the places along the Way of Saint James. However, they are not the only ones. Among these common insects that bite and sometimes suck blood are also horseflies, fleas, lice, bedbugs and
Stings by bees, wasps and hornets are very common in rural Spain. The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago crosses forests and meadows, and sometimes runs parallel to rivers and streams. Small insects abound in these areas, and pilgrims should be aware of the possibility of being stung.
The Way of Saint James crosses in its different stages from large forests to meadows full of livestock. Although the company of large animals can be fun, the company of small arthropods, such as spiders, can be annoying and dangerous.
Urticaria is a skin reaction characterised by the presence of small, light-coloured or reddish elevations (wheals). It is an anaphylactic type reaction that is limited to the skin and underlying tissues. The pilgrim can suffer it during the Way of Saint James as an allergic reaction.