It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
I haven't blogged for awhile well...because I've been doing this thing you call living. Our society consists of the phone to face concept where you're walking down the street "phone to face" sitting at lunch "phone to face" hanging out with a group of people and there you have it "phone to face" in a circle. You get the point. This "P2F" lifestyle is something that has become second nature to everyone, not just the usual culprits who get blamed for modern societal trends - us millennials.
For some time now I've become quite blasé and in need of a new challenge. My personality requires mental stimulation and experiences that on a certain level scare the $*@* out of me. Whether it be mental or physical this taste of fear is exactly what I long for. One my favorite hobbies is scuba diving and since I happen to be land locked I turned to the other extreme. I took advantage of my current altitude and decided to climb mountains. There are 58 of these majestic peaks in Colorado us locals refer to as "14ers". For a month I immersed myself in nature as much as my schedule would allow, removed my P2F position, and redirected my energy toward something a tad more inspiring.
The result? Considering this is a fitness blog and not solely an outlet for my random personal rants, I'll begin with the physical benefits:
- Rock hard glutes. If you really want to tighten your tush hiking steep terrain will get the job done. I'll choose mountains over hours of squats in the gym any day.
- Improve your cardio and stamina. Nothing challenges your endurance quite like hiking at 14,000' and 60% 02.
- Burn a pound in a day. Wear your heart rate monitor; one day I torched through 3,800 calories and 1,800 on a few others.
- Strengthen your core. Balance is essential on intense trails especially while descending as your abs assist with posture. You may not feel a direct burn, but believe me they are definitely putting in the work.
Other muscles used while hiking include:
- Calves - the aftermath lasted about 3 days, ouch!
- Lower Back
- Ankle and Knee Complex
- Inside and Outside Thigh
From a mental aspect I obtained so much more. These encounters have given me a new perspective on life:
- Live to your full potential. We are capable of anything we set our mind to, why waste it on "you can't" when realistically you can. It only takes effort and willpower.
- Explore don't exist. The world is amazing and there's so much to take in. Call it naive, but I still possess a sense of child like wonder. I never intend to lose my curiosity or excitement for life, even if it means only driving for a few hours to a new trail.
- Personal growth is a byproduct of challenging one's self. Each time a goal is reached you begin to believe in yourself a little more. Time passes and these goals accumulate into lifestyle, which ultimately leads to who you are today.
- Appreciate life. We tend to become so wrapped up in the "P2F mentality" we forget how fortunate we are. Nature has a way of reminding us about priorities. It's not social media, emoticons, or selfies...it's living and moments that inspire you. I often look up and close my eyes to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. The simplicity of this moment allows me to refresh and reflect.
"Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." - Camille Pissarro
Set down your phone and be someone with beautiful sight.