Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bodhi Life on Fitness

Anyone that knows me, knows that I must get my exercise in. And  if I don't, I will quickly turn into something similar to Medusa.

I've gotten flack over the years for my dedication. Waking up at 4AM before a road-trip so that I can adequately stretch my legs, body and mind for an hour before I have to be crammed into a car for 8 hours, or doing planks on the beach, or declining a summertime BBQ so that I can go get my hike in. But those that I have chose to include in my life, understand and respect this about me.

Planks whilst looking for stones. Agate Beach, Grand Marais, MI

While others may be researching clubs and bars around for their next vacation destination, I'm researching hiking trails and beaches. Oh, and museums.  In fact, one the things that excites me the most about traveling is being able to walk about to different destinations. I am not one to want to sight-see from a vehicle. No thank you. Maybe from a boat, after I've gone for a hike ;) There was a time, where I would feel guilty for not participating in other activities especially when I was the odd-one-out. Not anymore, it's time that I enjoy and it feeds me energy.

Hiking a long the cliffs. Bar Harbor, ME
I am not a thrill seeker when it comes to exercise. I enjoy slow and relaxing movements with controlled breathing. "To each there own," as 'they' say.

This may give you some insight:

Skiing? Sometimes but when I do, I take the greens and blues. 

Snowshoeing? Absolutely 

Wake boarding or water skiing? No, thank you. I'll watch you while I soak up some Vitamin D and walk the beach. 

Biking or cycling? No, thank you. 

Walking? Yes, please. 

Jogging? Yes, please. And when I say jog, I mean jog. I don't consider myself a runner. 

Hiking? Absolutely.

In short, I like to be on my own two feet.

Atop one of my most favorite foothills. Loveland, CO

So, if you're still with me here, below is my typical 'fitness regime.' For now.

Monday
  • 5:30AM: Walk for 50 minutes (I go through times where this is a jog but right now, my body has been telling me to walk). 
  • 5:00PM: Strength training upper and/or lower body and abs for about 30 minutes (I use 5-15lbs weights) 
Tuesday
  • 5:30AM: Walk for 50 minutes
  • 5:30PM: Hot Yoga in a studio 
Wednesday
  • 5:30AM: Walk for 50 minutes
  • 5:00PM: Strength training upper and/or lower body and abs for about 30 minutes
Thursday
  • 5:30AM: Walk for 50 minutes
  • 5:30PM: Hot Yoga in a studio
Friday
  • 5:30AM: Walk for 50 minutes
  • 5:00PM: Strength training upper and/or lower body and abs for about 30 minutes
Saturday
  • 12:15PM Hot Yoga
Sunday
  • Rest and maybe a leisurely stroll

To me, it is more than exercise. It is part of my life. Part of me. Like sleeping, waking, breathing and eating. It's something I simply need in my life to survive. I don't know what to call that. But I don't think that exercise or even fitness describes my devotion.

So that, is my current life of fitness.  

Peace,

-Ashley 

3 comments:

  1. Each individual has a unique personality, so we often come across slim and attractive people in our surroundings, but have you ever thought whether a person having a thin-slim look is actually physically fit and healthy? Therefore, you must focus more on exercising, practising yoga and detoxification for staying fit and healthy instead on crash dieting, as it will bring flexibility in the body and make you feel fully energetic.

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    1. I agree that just because someone has a 'thin-slim' look, it doesn't make them healthy. And that crash dieting is not an answer. But I believe fitness looks different for everyone which may or may not include yoga or have an emphasis on detoxification.

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  2. Great article! I think a lot of people don't get the sacrifices we make in maintaining our health and fitness. I've had many similar experiences to you with regard to your skipping a BBQ to go on a hike. The people who understand why you did just that are going to be the ones you want close to you.

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