Monday, October 12, 2009

"Adjusting" My Favorite Form of Exercise

My favorite form of exercise are long, challenging, hilly hikes. I like to hike uphill as fast as possible and love being rewarded with a nice view on the top. Hilly hikes are such great exercise, and they are also so good for my mental health. I feel like I'm getting away from it all; I just don't get that same feeling at the gym. Also, there is nothing better than having a gorgeous view, some water, and a snack on the top of a mountain. I actually don't enjoy the downhill part as much as the way up...

If I could, I would love to hike every Saturday morning for at least three to four hours. However, right now that's not feasible as we can't take the toddler on such hikes. And Saturday is family time. While my "regular" hikes may not be feasible, I finally realized the other day that "adjusted" hikes may be feasible. So after not hiking for quite a few months, I have decided that I really want to make an effort to reintroduce some hikes into my workout routine. They will not be the long, hilly hikes with the gorgeous views at the end but rather shorter hikes we can take the toddler on in his jogging stroller. Well, at least we'll try. I'll let you know how it goes...

Questions: Is there a form of exercise that you would love to do but haven't for one reason or another? If so, what is it? May there be a way to fit it back into your life (even if it's a bit "adjusted")?

Be well,
Andrea

23 comments:

  1. ahhh what a great question!!

    i LOVE swimming and would be awesome if my gym had a pool but it is just so inconvienient because then I have to shower AND dry my hair, it takes so long to get ready afterwards but I do love it

    I also love hiking! I wish I did it more often! its such a fun form of exercise you dont even know its exercise!! Getting to the top of a mountain is the most amazing feeling in the world

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  2. Pre-kids I use to love long bike rides - like 3 to 4 hours, 30 - 40 miles. Can't do those anymore, at least not for a while.

    I'd love to do more hiking, it sounds like something I would enjoy! I always feel like I need to get the biggest bang for my buck if I've on got 30 to 40 minutes so I get out there and RUN!

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  3. I feel the same way about hiking! I think we're going this weekend, but I really do wish I could just go whenever i wanted. The views are so beautiful and it doesn't feel like "working out" to me.

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  4. Like you, I love to hike! There really aren't many great places to hike around here though, other than Hocking Hills, which is about an hour away :( I want to start doing kickboxing, but that costs money. Once I start making enough money to have a "surplus" I will sign up for classes! I'm excited.

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  5. I love hiking too, although I can't do it often because I don't live any mountain close by... so i do long walks whenever I can with my Mom! :)
    another thing that I love is climbing... indoor climbing.. but i haven't done it for a long time because I need a partner for that. :(

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  6. I love hiking too but it seems like such a process sometimes to find a place, drive out there, etc - but definitely worth it when it happens!

    Our marathon is next weekend and then after I take some time to rest and relax I've been considering trying yoga - it's something I've never done but seem to only hear great things about!

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  7. is it crazy that I have never been hiking!!? strange I know, but it seems like so much fun! I bet its beautiful too!

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  8. I love skiing but haven't gone in a few years. My kids are finally old enough to learn - YIPEE!

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  9. I LOVE hiking.

    I used to go to Zumba classes at the gym, but i had to cancel my membership :( I would love to find cheap zumba classes.

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  10. Hiking is definitely one of my favorite fitness activities as well. But now that I no longer live in New England, it's hard to find places to hike that are close by. I love to swim, and while I can swim laps in our apt. complext pool in the summer, it's too cold in the winter. I wish I could swim all year round!

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  11. I love hiking too... You're right, nothing beats the fresh air & gorgeous scenery!! I haven't been on a hike for quite a while.. I used to go with my gpa, he was a nature lover and knew every bird, plant, fossill, etc... That was known to man. I miss him... sorry, your post brought up some memories for me.. *blush*

    Ok, fave exercise... Hmm... Probably swimming, I feel so "free"! Don't think I can fit that in right now, perhaps when the kids are older.. ;)

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  12. hiking is a fabulous form of exercise! however, there are no real hiking spots where i live, which makes me sad. i have always wanted to get into biking, but that requires me buying a bike, which requires money, which i don't have :(

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  13. Great question! I love hiking as well, but there isn't really a good hiking trail around here. If I could, I would swim/surf more. I suppose I could go get a membership at the pool, but I'm poor so that's not so feasible.

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  14. I don't have a child, but hikes can be difficult for a city girl. If I had more time I would make it out to the country more for hikes. . . next weekend perhaps ;) I think adjusting workouts to fit your life is fabulous. The all or nothing approach just doesn't work!

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  15. I would love to have more yoga in my life, but my YMCA only offers flow yoga (my favorite kind) twice a week. I've adjusted a bit by flowing by myself at home and buying 2 yoga mats (one for home and one in the car for the Y). I love hiking too, but don't get to do that too often either!

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  16. I loved tennis. Had lessons growing up, played in highschool. Put down the racket at 16!! I want to get back to it and hopefully will soon now that everything i'm allergic to is dying - woo! (grass/ragweed/etc.)

    I've never been hiking.... is that weird?! It sounds awesome!

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  17. I love biking and I am so happy I bought a new bike and weather permitting I can ride now. Also today we found a great set of walking trails near our house and I can't wait for the winter to come and go so we can enjoy these.

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  18. I'd love to join a yoga class :-) and I'll will in the near future, just looking for one near home.

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  19. Definitely running---I miss it so much it brings tears to my eyes! Pre-kids I ran marathons. Now, I just watch other people run thinking that SOMEDAY I'll get back there, right?

    Maybe in the spring I'll sign up for a 1/2 marathon to motivate myself to shed the baby weight and regain a little of my sanity!

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  20. I love hiking, too. It just usually takes more time than I have to do it. That's the one thing about going to a gym -- it's not much to look at, but it's efficient. Just wish I could somehow marry the two for the best of both worlds.

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  21. I need to incorporate weight training at the gym more consistently. I love the way it feels. I know it is what I'm missing. I just need to make myself get out the door. Every time i get there I'm at home in my element but getting there is the part that...well I'll figure it out =)

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  22. i LOVE hikes too! they are SO rewarding. utah has some gorgeous hikes. love. my favorite type of exercise is snowboarding but i can only do it for about 4 or 5 months out of the year.. stupid summer ;)

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  23. I love hiking, too - the best activity to relax and rejuvenate! I live in Manhattan so don't get to hike on a regular basis right now. Since I am not a fan of the gym, currently my exercise routine is walking and sometimes biking in the park, plus practicing yoga.

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