Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fitness for the outdoors & traveling

Fitness has been a part of my life since I was a pre-teen, and for the last 18 years as part of my job in order to save lives.

When I talk about fitness I'm not refering to washboard abs, and buns of steel (nothing wrong with any of those either), I'm talking about being physically active by exercising at least 4 times per week. Besides the many already proven health benefits it allows us to enjoy more of the outdoors. Did I just use the "E" word? Yes, exercising does not have to be going to a gym, or running on a treadmill but any physical activity that brings our heart rate up for a period of time and makes us break a sweat (walking, running, paddling, kayaking, gardening/landscaping, etc.) 

You may be thinking "why should I be exercising if most of the traveling is done by vehicle?"


Well the truth is that driving for long periods of time/distance or thru the back country and off-road does require a strong back and core as well as the ability to focus and stay alert (making sense yet?), once at your destination (at least if you are reading this blog) there will be trails to hike, waterways to paddle, or something along the lines. Another benefit of being physically active is that it helps your body to acclimate and deal with different climates better, therefore allowing us to enjoy more of where we are.

 So get out there, ride a bike, paddle a kayak, or go for a long walk, your body will thank you for it!

We would've missed out on finding this gem of a shelter if it wasn't for a good long hike!

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