Saturday, May 21, 2011

What’s Your Favorite Form of Exercise?

I truly believe that you have to find forms of exercise that you love, or you won’t stick with them. Plus, exercising won’t have all the physical and psychological benefits it can have when you don’t like what you do. My favorite form of exercise is definitely hiking, followed by barre-type workouts. Hiking is my favorite form of exercise because I love being out in nature, and I love the accomplishment I feel after making it up a steep hill. Hikes are truly good for my body and soul. Barre-type workouts help with strength, balance, and flexibility. I’ve been getting some questions regarding my barre-type workouts, and I will post about them soon.

After a hiking hiatus, I’ve been able to hike a bit more again lately. Here are some photos from one of our recent hikes:

Questions: What’s your favorite form of exercise and why? What have you been doing/will you be doing this weekend to be active?

Be well,
Andrea

17 comments:

  1. Hiking is so much fun! Glad you're out of your hiatus and back with it. I love running and strength training as my first choices, but swimming is amazing as well!

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  2. I wish there were some great places to hike around here, but there really aren't many. I do find it relaxing, and effective, to go for nice long power-walks. I love grabbing a good book and walking around the neighborhood on a sunny day. I also really enjoy lifting. I used to hate it, but now I prefer it to cardio!

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  3. I love anything that gets me outside.

    Hiking for sure is one of my favorites; but a simple bike ride around the neighborhood makes me smile too!

    Gardening too!

    xo

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  4. I like to mix it up. Running tops combined with Pilates and the Bar Method.

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  5. I recently re-started ballet after a multiple decade hiatus. I am having so much fun! I totally agree that you need to find the right form of exercise to be successful.

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  6. I love the scenery of your hike - I would love doing that too if I had a place to hike like that.

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  7. Definitely running. It took me a while before I knew that. It's the only form of exercise I managed to keep doing over the past 2 years and I have no intention to stop.

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  8. I love hiking. I don't nearly do it enough. My aunt and I were talking about doing a hike on Memorial Day.
    I agree that it is so nice to be out in nature.

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  9. Hiking and kettlebells for sure. Dancing and taekwondo aren't far behind! We are lucky that there are so many great places to hike at in CA!

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  10. I don't have many opportunities to hike in NYC but was away in March and had a lot of fun hiking. I agree it's important to enjoy your exercise (well not every minute). I run and ran and 1/2 marathon this weekend in Brooklyn. I also love barre classes and do one called Figure 4 in NYC.

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  11. I do laugh I went to a fitness conference and took the weekend OFF from workouts.

    but today?
    back at it.
    back at my beloved weights.

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  12. That looks beautiful! For me, everything! But ultimate fav: Yoga!

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  13. Andrea, nice pictures...exercise? Is walking at the beach after dinner exercise? Hope you have a great week ahead :-)

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  14. Thanks so much for your comments on my artichoke post! I absolutely love hiking too, and I usually do ia longer hike at least once a week, plus do "walks" w/ the dog. I'm also working out on an incline treadmill at home which is a fantastic workout, plus I'm trying to do more strength training which makes me feel good AFTER I'm done :-)

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  15. If you've ever read my blog (which I know you have) you know swimming is definitely MY exercise. The water is my zen place, and swimming laps is the best way for me to feel healthy physically and emotionally.

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  16. I'd love to know about the barre workout, does it help you with the hiking? I need train for climbing trip and I've been looking for good workouts to prepare for the climb.

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  17. @balancejoyanddelicias: Yes, I think barre workouts help with walking/hiking/climbing/running workouts. They definitely build strong leg muscles, help a lot with flexibility, and (hopefully) prevent overuse injuries. I'm actually working on a post about my experiences with different barre workouts and DVDs right now. In short, I love live classes (but they are expensive), and I'm partial to The Dailey Method (it's the first barre class I ever took, and I love it because it makes me feel strong, tall, "worked out," yet refreshed.) The post is really long and a bit of a mess at the moment, so I'll have to rework it a bit more...

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