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Fitness for Adventure: Staying Strong Enough to Make It Up the Mountain

Fitness for Adventure: Staying Strong Enough to Make It Up the Mountain

Fitness for Adventure: Staying Strong Enough to Make It Up the Mountain

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Y'all, I hate exercise.

I'd rather do just about anything other than hit the gym for some mindless, repetitive lifting with gym bros offering 'helpful' tips on my form (dudes, just a heads up: if my headphones are in, I do NOT want to chat). 

And cardio? Forget about it.

If there's ever a zombie apocalypse, I will be the first one dead or turned because I would quite literally rather die than run.

Have I made my point yet? I hate exercise.

And yet...

If there's one thing I hate more than exercise, it's not being able to do something--especially if everyone else seems to be managing just fine.

I'm not particularly worried about being thin (although I'm lucky in the genetics department) or how much cellulite is on my thighs (which is good news because there's KIND OF A LOT).

But I'll be damned if I can't make it up a steep trail.

Or hoist myself up a boulder into a cave.

Or climb that last leg of a difficult summit with a gorgeous view waiting just ahead of me.

I can't stomach the idea of being the reason we have to turn back.

When I have an adventurous trip planned, I make sure that I prepare.

Right now, I'm 'training' for a trip to Iceland, so every weekend I take fairly strenuous hikes. I sprinkle in shorter hikes during breaks in my workday Monday-Thursday.

If the weather is gross (our power just went out from a storm as I wrote this post), I go to my gym for a yoga or barre class. 

I'd love to say that the fitness itself is benefit enough, but to be honest? It isn't. Sure, I feel better when I'm in shape, but I don't actually notice enough difference in my everyday life for it to motivate me.

But knowing I have a trip ahead of me that could be glorious if I'm in good enough shape to allow it? Yep, that'll do.

In fact, I think I'll head to the gym right now...

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