This morning, I took a hike to the summit of Cowles Mountain, CA. In a previous post, I talked about rebuilding my Maslow’s Pyramid, and let me tell you, I’m sure as hell not in the best shape possible. But, I’ll get there. I’m staying optimistic. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the hike and I thought about a lot.
First and foremost, in my opinion, hiking is much more difficult going down the hill. Of course, I was tired. And I literally felt like I was leap frogging all the way down, cause of that extra push from gravity. It would of sucked, if I facepalmed onto the ground or rolled down the hill like a tumble weed. #LOL. On the other hand, on my way up to the top, I thought about, “How the hell are these senior citizens more fit than me?!” Also, “How the hell are all you running up this mountain?!” #FML. #ShameOnMe.
I thought about my Dad’s recent myocardial infarction (and how I need to get on the ball with my own health), I thought about my patients and their progression and how as a professional nurse I can keep them going positively. I thought about my own life, relationships, friends and family, everything.
One thing I like about hiking, or any cardio activity for that matter, is that you’re constantly moving forward. There are no rearview mirrors, no reverse rewind. You’re in a battle with yourself. And once you’re finished…you’ve accomplished something. Endorphins running high, etc. It’s the little wins that matter the most. #SlowButSure always wins the race.
Take the time to enjoy some of the sun this summer, wherever you are in the world. #GetActive! #StayActive! Of course, always be safe out there. If you need to consult your doctor first, please do so.
30 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week. It’s more than enough to get things going.