I've always been a person who shies away from going to the gym for an hour or two everyday, just to look good. The type of thinking that says, “Hey, I want to look good for the ladies" has never registered with me. I'm in good shape and very active, but simply don't care how other people view me. That's why I've always gotten my exercise in other ways. Ways that are much more natural to me. For example, when I go fishing, I'll walk three or four miles in the course of my fishing. This is great exercise and helps keep me in shape. I also love to go for hikes. Hikes are a wonderful way to get exercise.
If you're looking for a great way to get exercise and spend some quality time in nature, a hike is the way to go. Being in nature is as important to me as the exercise itself. There's just something about nature that speaks to many people. Ralph Waldo Emerson said of nature, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Combining exercise with the pace of nature is truly a wonderful thing. And the beautiful thing about a hike is that you set the pace. If you really want to burn some calories and make yourself sweat, simply push yourself a little harder. If you simply want to take in the beauty of nature, don't push yourself so hard and enjoy. The beautiful thing is that you're still exercising! And as you do this once a week or so, you'll want to do it more.
The next thing you know, you'll be in shape and mentally as sound as you've ever been in your life. Adopting the pace of nature helps you mentally as much as it does physically. Yes, in my opinion there are few better ways to get exercise than a nice hike in nature. It sure beats grinding it out in a humid gym with an I-pod jammed in your ears, that's for sure. And if you think I'm insane, just give a hike a shot and see for yourself. The next thing you know you'll be adopting the pace of nature too.
Trevor Kugler - Co-founder of JRWfishing.com Trevor has more than 15 years of business experience and 25 years of fishing experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country - Montana.
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