Make your fitness journey an adventure.
Sometimes, when you're on a tight training or weight loss regimen, working out can feel like a chore. It’s admirable when people show the dedication to workout regardless, no doubt! But don’t put yourself through the misery of drudging up to the treadmill when you feel like you’d rather clean your whole house than do any more cardio. Being fit should be fun!
You might have read one of my earlier blogs, Make Your Fitness a Lifestyle, where I give a few helpful steps to fall in love with fitness. Well guys, I’ve added one more to the list, because making fitness an adventure is the best thing you can do to freshen up and inspire any workout schedule!
Everyone loves a good adventure. Whether it’s hiking up a mountain, camping in the desert, or kayaking through white rapids, there is something in most people that calls us to get out there and chase wild thrills! However, most people don’t take the time to pursue those dreams, much less incorporate them into their life regularly. But no one can argue against the benefits of taking an outdoor escapade.
Outdoor adventuring can improve your physical health, boost your confidence levels, encourage peace through reflectiveness (a practice that is declining rapidly) , and make you more comfortable with uncertainty when things don’t always go as planned. You never know what mother nature has up her sleeve.
So ditch your routine for the day! You can always come back to it later. Try some spontaneity on for size and let yourself experience something new.
Whitewater rafting: Although this activity requires a guide, it is one of my favorite things to do in the summer! Grab a few friends and drive out to the country to experience nature’s roller coasters. It might be a little intimidating at first, being bumped around,splashed, and speeding through a river with dangerous looking rapids, but you’re guide does this for a living and they’ll make sure you take all the necessary safety precautions. You’re arms will get a solid workout too, as you’ll be paddling around giant boulders for a good hour. By the end you’ll thank yourself for all those pushups you’ve been doing. Try the Ocoee river if you want a lot of good rapids on your course.
Hiking: This adventure requires no training or certifications and is an excellent adventure if you are looking to relieve stress with beautiful scenery, quiet trails and peaceful solitude. It’s a great time to reflect on life and to refocus your perspective if you’ve hit a fitness or weight loss plateau. Walking is also great exercise, and even better if the terrain has hills! Also, if you have the chance to stand under a waterfall, do it! You will get the massage of your life!
Caving: Another adventure for the thrill seekers, caving is a great choice if you love exploring and being covered in mud! This is one you need to do you’re research on however. Many caves are only open seasonally because of hibernating endangered species, so don’t ignore closed signs. A lot of caves also require guides to go with you through them, and safety gear like headlamps and hardhats should always be worn. Believe me, a cave is the last place you want to be lost, so NEVER go caving alone. Now that I’ve scared you sufficiently, caving is one of my all time favorite adventures. All sorts of exciting discoveries await you, from giant pits to underground waterfalls, to translucent fish, you never know what you might find. Racoon mountain is a great cave to explore if this sounds like your cup of tea.
There are so many more adventures out there waiting for you. Doing things like this are a big reason I stay fit in the first place. So, mix up your fitness routine, get out of your comfort zone, and go have an adventure!