Hiking! Mountains! Happy!
I am a hiker. There is perhaps nothing I love more right now than tackling a tough trail or a tall mountain and being out in the beautiful God-given outdoors/wilderness! I love the adrenaline rush, the challenge, the smells, and the sights and sounds of natural beauty all around me. I love the challenge of pushing myself faster, harder, steeper. And, the combination of all of the above — well, it makes me happy..and fit!
That said, two years ago, I could not have dreamed this. Walking to the end of the block was difficult. And I didn’t do it. Today, I can’t imagine my life without it. So if you are someone who hates to exercise? Doesn’t know where to begin, or isn’t sure what type of movement or exercise motivates you. I give you this.
Try just walking to the end of your block. One day. One time. See what happens. Note how you feel both inside and out. Do you feel a sense of accomplishment? Better than you would have had you stayed in the office chair or on the couch. Can you go a little farther tomorrow?
I told everyone I hated to exercise and I had every reason (aka excuse) in the book not to. Some excuses were quite creative. In fact, pure embellishment was not out of the question. My friend Jimbo would encourage me just to try to walk to the end of the block, and one day I did. Then I attended boot camp and pushed myself past what I thought were my physical limits only to learn, I can do just about anything. And, look at me now — I am climbing mountains all the time…for fun!
Tell me your story. I want to hear what kind of exercise/movement inspires you? I KNOW you can do it. Look and these photos from my latest climb on MY mountain – Oberg Mountain in Lutsen, MN, and tell me you are not inspired!