Friday, August 13, 2010

Nature Beats Any Gym

For a while now, one of my exercise goals has been to hike more again. I love to hike. It’s my favorite form of exercise. Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout, but I also get to enjoy nature and nothing beats a gorgeous view at the top. To me, exercising outdoors feels like that’s the way I’m supposed to exercise. While my gym is great, it feels “unnatural” at times…

Since the toddler’s arrival, I haven’t hiked much. It just takes too much time to drive to a trail, hike for a few hours, and get back home. Plus, on hot days hikes are only possible if you start very, very early so that you finish before the heat of the day. Lately, I have however made a point to hike more (it was one of my goals for the year after all…).

Earlier in the week, we took the toddler on his first "real" hike. The hike was a little less than two miles and quite steep at times. The toddler had a great time but wasn’t that happy on some of the uphill parts… To make it more fun for the toddler, we allowed plenty of time for exploring… :-)
 Hike 05
  Hike 02
  Hike 03
  Hike 01
Hike 04

Questions: What’s your favorite form of exercise? Do you get to do it as much as you would like to? If not, why not? Are there any workouts you should incorporate into your routine to “balance out” your workouts? I would like to swim more. In fact, it was one of my other goals… Unfortunately, I haven’t swum nearly as much as I wanted to this summer…

Be well,
Andrea

37 comments:

  1. Oh it looks beautiful there! Since a stay at a hotel with a tennis court, I've learned to love playing tennis with my husband - now we just need to find 1 more racket so we can play here :)

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  2. SO TRUE. Nature absolutely beats the gym. I love hiking and all things outdoors. Running in a gym = hate. Running outside = love!

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  3. Beautiful scenery! Hiking like this is definitely our favorite thing to do!

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  4. I love to bike. And I love hiking too. I made that same goal for myself to go hiking more often. Luckily I was able to do that this summer. It was a work/leisure type thing, but it worked out to my benefit. :)

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  5. I love bike rides and I have yet to go on one this year!!

    The scenery on your hike looks amazing.

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  6. I'd be with the toddler on those hills too! Great family time though!

    I am waiting for the 100 degree index to go away, then hope to ride my bike more outside!

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  7. i need to hike more - it's been too long!!!

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  8. Like you I enjoy being out side. I walk / jog outside at least 6 days a week. I would love to go hiking more but time just does not seem to allow it!

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  9. I wish there were more hiking spots near me! I would love to swim more.

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  10. beautiful pics!!! hiking is also one of my favorite activities.. i don't do as much as I want because we don't have mountain close by.
    recently I've been really into running.. and it's great because it's an activity that I can do whenever I want :)
    have a nice weekend!

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  11. He's so adorable. I'm glad he enjoyed the hike! I'm sure the steep parts were pretty tough, but what a great experience for him.
    I wish I could do more hiking, but there really aren't many places to hike around here. Something else I would love is mountain biking! To be more realistic, however, my goal is to sign up for some exercise classes, such as spinning and pilates. Once fall comes around that's my plan!

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  12. I agree 100%. If you can do the exercise outside enjoying nature, it is great especially because you do not feel like a slave to the gym. My gym, well I can't complain, it has a giant ocean view, with almost floor to extremely high ceiling windows, and it really very beautiful. But that is because I am spoiled and one day I will not have tis view. I love walking, in any form, and riding my bike, which I need to do more often.

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  13. Beautiful pics! I love to hike too, but don't get to do it that often.

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  14. Looks like a great time, how exciting for the toddler to get his first real hike in! Start em young :)

    I wish I made more time for swimming too. I got to swim last weekend and will probably a bit today but I haven't been going to a pool as much as I did 3 or 4 months ago.

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  15. Wow! It's beautiful up there, I can see why you love to hike.

    I love to run mostly because it's outside. Like you I prefer to exercise outdoors instead of in the gym.

    I need to get more strength training in as a balance for all the running. Going to start with that next week, only once a week because I don't really like it but it's necessary. And I'm getting back to Pilates every two weeks because I loved doing that and it's great for flexibility which is good for the running.

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  16. looks like the toddler was a trooper, so cute! I agree with your sentiments about exercising in the great outdoors. Personally, I love walking, running, and swimming. Especially swimming. Unfortunately, Boston is short on public pools. have a good Sunday Andrea!

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  18. i love to hike, too. Your toddler is a champ! When I was his age, my parents couldn't drag me out to hike! I HATED it! But now I love it...just being lost in the wilderness, and feeling your muscles working...there's nothing like it!

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  19. I love hiking! Looks like you had a nice time!
    During the summer (in Vegas), it is just so hot to do exercise outside. I do love to do more outdoor activities once it starts to cool down a bit.

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  20. I prefer outdoor workouts as well. I love to run along the water and clear my head. The scenery and fresh air really beats the gym most of the time.

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  21. awwwwwwwwwwwww
    hiking pretty much tops my list ...or anything that gets me outside and moving.

    loved your shots and YES it's much harder with lil one in tow. especially when it's warm...well, or cold...

    nicely done and he looks like he was having a ton of fun!
    xo

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  22. Nature does beat the gym - when nature is being nice. I looooove hiking in nice weather, but summer or winter and I'm running for indoors workouts.

    I would like to swim more too! I have to find a place to swim soon.

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  23. Beautiful pictures! The hike looks amazing, and you have a beautiful family! I wish I could swim more too, I love swimming.

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  24. Bravo to the toddler for making it two miles. That's more than a lot of adults can do these days.

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  25. Gorgeous pictures :-) I haven't done much exercise at all...love walking by the beach.

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  26. That scenery is FANTASTIC!!! Hiking is also a favorite of mine. Why did I never think to take Greedy Baby? Why should momma have all the fun, right? :)

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  27. The toddler is so big! I think it's great you've been able to add in more hiking! I love hockey most, but I'm restricted to when I can play based on my team's schedules, of course. :)

    I applied for a teaching job at the community college here, and I thought of you! I really want the job!!!

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  28. love the hiking photos! beautiful. favorite exercise is snowboarding.

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  29. Sounds like a lot of fun. My favorite form of exercise is dancing. :) I only get to do Zumba one night a week.

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  30. WOW! What beautiful scenary. Your family is too cute. I love hiking, unfortunately in the summer it's just too hot to hike. I can't wait for fall to get here!!!!

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  31. Such beautiful shots!!

    My favorite exercise is truly simply walking outside. I love to walk at a great park near our house with a beautiful lake- beautiful scenery always helps. :)

    I do gym workouts, and I usually enjoy them...but hands down, my favorite is to be in the fresh air, walking outside.

    I hope you are well, Andrea!! Enjoy your weekend!

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  32. hiking is most definitely my favorite form of exercise. These pics are so great!

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  33. I wish there were hiking paths closer to my house, great photos!!

    I would love to just walk. After dinner, for an hour by myself! But the Mom guilt of me being at work all day and then doing that I never do it!

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  34. Hiking is far and away one of my favourite exercises, too! Probably THE favourite. There's not much better than walking for hours on end, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

    Very cute photos.

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  35. i am so jealous of all your wonderful CA hiking spots - we just don't have that in WI! although, i do love hiking, and i am so glad the little guy is getting a taste of it.

    hope the move-in went well with the teenager - too bad they aren't going to the same school (him & my sister), we could render a bloggy love connection :)

    hope you are well dear andrea!!!

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  36. Oh my Andrea, this is such a gorgeous place! Did you guys actually hike all the way up? hehe...
    Kristy

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