Training and stretching for the Way of Saint James
The Way of Saint James involves physical effort for the pilgrim. Those who decide to do it all the way face more than seven hundred kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. For the pilgrim who decides to walk only the hundred kilometres necessary to reach Compostela, the
How to drink and what to eat during the Way
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
How to react to muscle overload and contractures during the Way
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.
Complications caused by heat
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
Injuries caused by the cold
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
Insects, mite, tick, centipede, and millipede bites
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
Bee, wasp, and hornet stings
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.
How to deal with spider bites on the Way of Saint James
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.
Stings and bites from marine animals
It is common for pilgrims, after their long walk to the tomb of the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, to enjoy a well-deserved rest on the Galician coast. But at sea, as on land, there is a whole world of animals to be aware of, which
How to deal with urticaria during the Way of Saint James
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.