Make Excercise An Adventure

by Sara on August 8, 2016

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Over a fabulous brunch of crab eggs Benedict, avocado sandwiches, and plenty of orange crushes a friend and I chatted about our workout routines of late.  She assumed I was still running and spinning and lifting like crazy, and I had to break the news to her that intact I was doing very little structured exercise.  I had all but stopped running.  And I have never felt better.

If you’re new to this little blog you might not know that I recently put my prior passion of running long distance races aside for a more flexible schedule of whatever-the-heck-workout-I-feel-like.  It’s been a freeing experiment into an active lifestyle as a means of excise rather than a regimented plan that was leaving me feeling empty.

A few years ago I posted {this} little post about making your long run an adventure.  Everything I said in that post still holds true.  Beat the monotony of marathon training by mixing up your workouts either by meeting up with new groups of people or taking your run to a new location.  Now I’ve taken that outlook one step further and peeled away any and all boundaries tied to “exercise”.

There is no longer a minimum number of minutes or miles that I have to meet before feeling like I “did enough”.  Somedays my walk to and from work is enough.  Some days I need a little more and long walk with Wesley does the trick.  There are plenty of days that a “traditional” cardio session or lifting routine is all I want.  But in short, there are no goals, there are on rules, just whatever I feel like on a given day.

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Learning to golf

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Spin Class

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Tree Climbing

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Hiking

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And yes, still making a few appearances in a traditional gym setting.

This kind of lifestyle is not for everyone, and it certainly not going to get me any PR’s any time soon.  This is something that I am ok with, and fits for me right now.  It’s flexible, it’s fun, and it keeps my body guessing.  I may not be rocking a 6-pack, or crushing mile repeats but I’m getting stronger week by week.  My overall health is looking pretty good these days.

So my challenge to you is this, put more adventure into your workouts.  Or if you need motivation to start working out, find a way to make it more fun instead of assuming that you have to join a gym and walk on the treadmill to be healthy.  Join a social league and play kickball with friends.  Go rock climbing, hiking, walking, or trail running.  Join a group fitness class at the gym, or start a workout group with co-workers.  Just have fun with it.  Life is too short to hate your workout.

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