Autumn is my favorite time to get out and enjoy nature… it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold…its just right to get outside!
One of my favorite outside activities is hiking! It’s like walking, but better, and there is usually a beautiful view as a reward at the end! Now, I don’t do any bouldering or scrambling on my hikes. I usually pick a trail that is labeled as moderate difficulty…I don’t need to go breaking anything. Plus, no matter what anyone else says, hiking doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s more about getting out there and having fun!
So…I have started running…like officially! If you saw my Austin post you will know it all started in a hotel gym where I just “tried” to run. And, as it turns out I didn’t hate it.
When I came back from Austin I started to research what would be the best way to get into running. Especially, for someone who had never run before…0% running happening here! I mean, I had a joke that if I was running you should be too! The only reason I would be running is if there were zombies, a natural disaster, murderers…you can see where I am going here.
So, I basically started from scratch. With a little help from the internet and a friend 🙂 who runs half marathons, I got a plan together with the goal of running a 5K.
One of my goals for 2018 is to incorporate stretching into my regular routine. I have this goal because I want to become better at yoga, have less tightness when I spin, and have better posture.
To help me achieve this goal I have a stretching plan that I try to do 3 times per week. I came up with this plan by doing a little research online, deciding which stretches felt good, and what areas of my body needed more flexibility.
So far this year I have really noticed a difference:
My yoga practice has improved
My hips are less tight
I have less back pain
I usually do these stretches in the evenings while I watch TV. The whole sequence of stretches only takes about 15 minutes.
If you are new to the workout game I suggest starting with walking. It’s an easy way to get moving without overworking yourself.
The CDC suggests that adults should get 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 seems like a big number, but the steps add up quicker than you think. Just add all this up…walking through the grocery store or mall counts, walking on your lunch break counts, trips to the bathroom count, the list could go on. You can easily get to 10,000 steps if you actively try to achieve it.
Here are some of my suggestions to make walking a part of your daily routine: