Lately I have been struggling with motivation to workout in a traditional gym setting. I find myself actually losing any drive to really do anything physical once inside the gym walls. I never used to be like that… Has anyone else ever experienced this or am I some weirdo that has an excuse to not be in a gym?! At times I think its the later.
I found myself the other morning waking up at 3:30 AM to go hike at the Superstition Mountains and thought to myself “there is no way at any point in my life that I would have woken up to go workout at the gym.”
The actions are similar. They both increase your heart rate. I am still getting a “workout” in. However, I feel a 100 x times more accomplished when I reach a destination versus reach a timer on the treadmill or finish a difficult set of reps that took a lot of concentration. For me the outdoor activity has various components that fuel me:
It is my main method of self-care. It is my health check to myself to gauge how things are going for me. Are the things that are consuming my day to day life on point or track with what is important to me?
It is my challenger (with the help of my husband of course) the mountains challenge me. They push me and make me question my abilities and worth. The struggle at each step can be the most challenge aspect. It truly is a love – hate relationship with hiking. Forcing myself to keep going and not stop is a common pep talk I find myself in nearly every time.
When I am indoors at work or something that is fairly routine I find the good ole “outdoors calling”. It is like a piece of my soul and heart is begging to go outside and feel the sun on my skin. It sounds so incredibly cheesy but, it’s true. Sitting in an office chair when I know I belong outside exploring around the pine trees is extremely frustrating. I constantly struggle with the structure that my life needs as a wife, mother, provider. The outdoors provides an outlet for me to put things into perspective. Finding a balance of life responsibilities and enjoying all of life’s beauty.
That is what it is about right? Living to enjoy life with the family you create. Take advantage of every opportunity that is provided to you. Continue to seek that adventure that fuels you.
Here are some pics from my most recent hike at Wave Cave Trail.