Two Training Tips for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro pic
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
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An experienced investment professional, Arthur (“Art”) J. Samberg owns Hawkes Financial LLC, a family office based in Katonah, New York, and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. A philanthropist who has donated approximately $35 million to the institution, he has been honored with the creation of the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence. Away from his work, Art Samberg enjoys physical activities and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.

With a focus on aerobic activities that develop cardiovascular conditioning, climbers should train before attempting such a climb. The key here is to work on developing stamina, which means focusing less on pushing yourself to your limits and more on developing the ability to sustain a consistent level of activity over a long period of time.

Develop breathing exercises that allow you to focus on long inhalations of five or six seconds through the nose rather that rapid, shallow breathing. Maximizing your oxygen intake will prove vital as you reach the summit, where the air starts becoming thinner. Taking up yoga can help develop your breathing control while developing your flexibility and increasing your resistance to injury during the trek.