I think it’s safe to say that it’s FINALLY spring here in the DMV. Spring officially started on March 20th but the weather has been off. It randomly snowed almost two weeks ago and it was really cold last week. However, spring really showed up and showed out this past weekend. It’s been showing out since then and I am excited, allergies and all.
I went hiking this past weekend (Saturday and Sunday) after Zumba class. I usually hike on the trails after class (on the weekends) for about two and a half hours. I figure since I’m already sweaty from Zumba class, why not sweat some more? Plus I just want to move around since weekend classes are during the day and not at night (such as during the week). It was too pretty outside to be sitting down inside. I’ve always loved walking and I prefer it to running. However, I do find myself running on the trail sometimes. I can’t help it but for the most part, I am usually walking fast. I enjoy it. I get to walk like I am crazy without worrying about cars, crosswalks and lots of people.
I think going to the gym and/or Zumba class is great but it’s nice to be alone on a trail while taking in the beautiful scenery. While I was at Zumba class, I thought to myself, “Man I can’t wait to get outside”. Even the instructor jokingly suggested that we take class out to the parking lot because it was so nice outside.
I remember telling someone that I loved walking for fun. She thought it was strange. She told me that unless she was walking somewhere, she couldn’t just “walk”. That’s the beauty of hiking on a trail, you CAN just walk. There aren’t cars, crosswalks and large crowds of people. You can just walk on the long and (sometimes steep) winding trails. I love that. I see couples out there, families, people and their dogs (which I hate because I don’t like animals) and I see people hiking alone like me. Depending on when I go, sometimes it takes awhile before I see someone else. As a result, I get REALLY paranoid out there. Blame it on all the ID that I watch. I sometimes think a man will just jump out of nowhere and attack me. I feel a sense of relief when I see someone else out there. But it depends on who that “someone” is because some people look sketchy. #NoShade But don’t be alarmed, go out there and hike your life away. Just always be alert and aware or your surroundings
and understand that I am low-key crazy because of ID.
Reasons Why I Hike
To get out the house.
To clear my mind.
To have some alone time.
To enjoy the nice weather and scenery.
For exercise and HEALTH ( see the benefits of walking here).
What To Do On A Hike
Listen to music. I carry my phone with me and listen to music from there. I make sure it’s FULLY charged beforehand because I need music. It motivates me and puts a pep in my step. I love singing aloud and shaking my butt a little as I walk.
Listen to an audio book.
Listen to your favorite podcast.
Hike with a friend and catch up. I am looking forward to taking my bestie out there with me. Get your walking shoes and get ready girl!
Walk in silence with your thoughts and be one with the universe..lol
Click here to read some useful walking tips and techniques.
After a long hike, treat yourself to a nice, cold smoothie or a healthy meal
or Coldstones. Say no to those Chick Fil-A fries..lol
I love the Panera Green Passion Power Smoothie.
It’s so good and it always hits the spot! #Yass
This spring, get out there and enjoy life because you only have one. Enjoy the weather and all the beautiful scenery that spring offers. Sometimes the gyms can be stuffy, crowded and straight up smelly. It’s okay to step away and take a brisk walk outside on that trail. Or you can do both like I do, the gym and a hike on the trails. Whatever your preference is, walk at your own pace and enjoy the spring 🙂
Do you hike? What do you enjoy most about it? Any tips?
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