How would you like to be able to say yes to any adventure that was presented to you? To have the time, the financial freedom, and the fitness to just, well, say yes?! To not miss out on a hike to the top of Mt. Whitney or across Catalina Island, or an overnight paddle along the Central Coast of California, or for a week of surfing for in Baja. I’m with you. I want to be able to do all of these trips at the drop of a hat.
One of the main goals of Wayfare Collective is to help you adventure often in order to connect with nature. I want you to get out there, to see the world, and to have an amazing, fulfilled life. This is my main goal, so as I work towards figuring this out for myself, you’ll be the first to learn my little tips and tricks. To help you with finding time and money for adventures, you can check out my posts on priority setting and how to save for adventures. There are surely more to come on these subjects. Today, I want to talk about the fitness side of things. In order to get to some of the most amazing places on earth, you have to be able to physically get there. While you can drive to Glacier Point in Yosemite and get an amazing view of Half Dome, it is so much more fulfilling after a hike to Clouds Rest. Sure, you can check out the fish on your next trip to the tropics, or you can get up and personal on a free dive. Life is better when your body works to let you do anything your heart desires. So, here it is, my first post on how to be fit for adventure, at any time. Here are 5 ways to make sure you never are limited by your fitness level.
Get out of that office chair and go for a 15 minute walk. Do some squats in your cubicle. Choose the stairs. Leave your car at home on Saturday and ride your bike or walk to the farmer’s market. Just move.
Create mini-adventure workouts
Do you want to be fit enough for that Baja surf trip I mentioned above? Choose activities that will help you prepare for it. Swim on your lunch break. Surf on the weekends. Do some sprints to get you ready to paddle quickly. Find a trainer at your gym and ask them to help you with some exercises that will get your back and shoulders in top shape. Shoot, you can even send me an email and I’ll give you some ideas!
Go outside and play
Instead of going home after work and watching 3 hours of netflix, go to the park and play frisbee with a friend. Instead of heading to happy hour see if your co-workers or friends want to join a beach volleyball league. (Yes, you can still have beers.) Playing is the best.
This is the most important. If you want to go on big adventures, you need to start with little ones. In order to get ready for my Mt. Whitney hike in May, I have done three smaller backpacking trips that are getting these legs ready to move in some serious altitude. Not all of us can hit the gym 5 days a week and expect to be able to live in our hiking boots for five days straight. Plus, adventures are way more fun than the gym.
Eat green foods, or foods that ate green things. Don’t eat things that come in packages. Eat food that didn’t have to get on a plane to find you. Nutrition is 80% of game when it comes to health and fitness. Unless you have amazing genetics or are hitting the trails 20+ hours a week, you cannot get away with leaving this piece out. You are what your food eats. Choose wisely.