If I could walk outside every day in the woods, I would. But when you throw in the seasons and eliminate days of driving snow and sweltering heat…sometimes we need somewhere else to walk.
I’ve rediscovered an indoor track in my area and have made it two times in the last two weeks. I know that doesn’t exactly constitute a habit (yet) but I’m working on it. And there’s lots of winter on the way.
As I lapped around the astroturf track without a podcast or music track in my head – just my own thoughts – I briefly wondered if this was perhaps a boring, repetitive way to keep fit. But I quickly pushed that thought aside when I realized how much great thinking is accomplished walking around and around.
I’ve been waking up lately with those nasty middle of the night to-do lists in my head. You know the ones that are mostly fictional? But as I lapped around in lane 1 everything was so much clearer. The to-do list was gone. I could think about anything or nothing. Head – cleared. Body – moved.
When the weather fits, I’ll walk it off outdoors, but I’m also reenergized about keeping it up whatever the weather.
I think there is a fine balance between getting out there to move whether it’s walking, on a bike or hiking up a mountain…and pausing along the way to take it all in. There’s gotta be good stuff along the way and not just the endorphin high or fit bit count at the end.
I got my bike out for the second time only this year. I had done a ride with my trainer for one of our weekly sessions, and wanted to try and keep the momentum going. When I head out, I’m often already thinking about getting back home. Does anybody else’s mind go there?:-)
So as I pushed down on the pedal the first few times, I thought about trying to enjoy the time on the trail, noticing what I was riding by, saying hello to people I passed by. And not just racing to get it over with.
It worked. So I tried it again on the weekend with a paddle down the river. I’m not in quite the same hurry in a kayak, as on my bike, but I often think “okay, you have an hour…paddle to the bridge and a little farther, then turn around and get back.”
But this time, I tried to find the perfect place between effort and ease.
A few months ago I said I was done with my fitbit. Turns out, I’m not. I missed it. It actually motivated me to take the dog on one more walk to hit my step target. So I bought another one. We were just in Quebec City for a few days. My significant other was attending a conference. I walked. And walked. And walked. I enjoy getting to know a city on foot, and seeing my step totals at the end of the day was fun. Until my feet hurt! Then I stopped and had a glass of wine and read Louise Penny!
71,195 steps or 33.74 miles in three days. Fitbit is my friday favourite, again!
After last week’s “whine” about seasonal transition disorder…I’ve been trying.
It started with a trip to my local farmers’ market on Saturday morning for a bag of fresh lettuce mixture. Made sure I had some veggies around. And have had THREE, yup three, salads this week so far. Washed the lettuce. Cut up cherry tomatoes, an avocado, added a little cooked chicken and some asiago cheese.
It’s happening. I’m making salads and walking and trying to only watch one hour of Netflix at a time!
How are you doing this week?
Every Friday afternoon at Rancho la Puerta they offer a lecture called Taking The Ranch Home. The goal is to help guests adopt healthy lifestyle changes from the Ranch and incorporate them into their everyday life. Since we just arrived home, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we are ‘taking home from the ranch’ this year.
Move early in the day. Hike, walk, swim…do it first thing before life gets in the way. Even better if you can be outside and watch the sun rise.
Eat well. It’s pretty easy to do at the Ranch because every meal includes about 15 different vegetables, a delicious soup and someone else did the work! With a little planning you can make healthy choices for your meals too.
Make time for reflection. The world would be a better place if we stopped every once in awhile during the day to pause, meditate, focus, count to 10, count your blessings…whatever you want to call it.
Spend time with your sister, or girlfriends or whoever listens to you and gets you!
HAR & CJR
“Space to breathe freely amidst nature.”
“To relax. To renew, reflect and redirect one’s longer living life.”
“To explore the possibilities of changing course in one’s life.”
Rancho la Puerta.
HAR & CJR
With over 3000 acres, just wandering the grounds at Rancho la Puerta is treat.
Paths wind by flowers, hammocks,
HAR & CJR
Every morning at Rancho la Puerta begins with a mountain hike.
There are several options for distance and difficulty, but they all start just as the sun is coming up over mystical Mt. Kuchumaa.
It’s a wonderful way to start the day. They are timed perfectly so that just as you are finishing stretching, it’s time for breakfast!
HAR & CJR
We are heading to Italy this week for a walking/hiking vacation around Lake Como. The upcoming trip provided a good excuse to go for a hike over Labour Day weekend to make sure our hiking boots didn’t rub somewhere unexpected. My boots were fine, just lacking in some cushioning so I bought some new HOKA boots. (check out our friday favourite from last week to learn more.)
Ten years ago for some birthday one of us had, I bought a book of 50 Hikes in Massachusetts. We cracked it open and chose the very first hike, Alander Mountain, 2,239 feet and a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains.
It was a challenging hike with gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley in NY, NW Connecticut and Massachusetts. We enjoyed it so much we hiked Mt Wachusett in central Massachusetts this past weekend. We are fortunate to live only 1/2 hour from Wachusett mountain.
Fall is a perfect time of year to dig out your hiking boots (or buy some new ones!) and go take a hike!
I love fall. I love when the nights start to cool off. And after the ridiculous, extended humidity of this summer, I can’t wait for long pants.
And I love getting back into some kind of routine. Much as I love the freedom of “I’ve got nothing planned!” – it isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.
We were talking the other day about getting back into a good, healthy food routine too. Cooler weather definitely inspires my cooking side.
I roasted vegetables this weekend – I don’t think I’ve done that since May. I added feta to them for dinner, and will turn them into soup for healthy workday lunches.
And I’m trying to find ways to give my fitbit a workout. There are some nice steep streets in my neighbourhood – and they make a nice evening walk…as long as the temperatures stay in the reasonable range. I don’t know about you, but heat and humidity put a quick halt to my energy and exercising.
I’m thinking again about planning my meals – including overnight oatmeal and freezer muffins.
And trying to wind things down a little earlier in the evening so I can get 8 hours of sleep.
What fall routines do you have?