I can’t remember where I found this fitness q&a, but since I don’t have any new recipes to share, I’m just going to ramble on about fitness. I LOVE living an active lifestyle. I’m most authentic when I’m in nature – running, walking, hiking, biking, or taking a nap on my yoga mat. It isn’t just about aesthetics for me. Well, at one time it was – in my late teens/early 20s. I thought going to the gym was just something we were all ‘supposed’ to do – like recycling, going to church and getting a yearly physical. I think my longest workouts were maybe 20 minutes, and consisted of walking at a zero incline on the treadmill while reading celebrity gossip magazines. Hahaha.
It wasn’t until a few years later that I started running as a coping mechanism for stress and everything snowballed from there. Suddenly, I became interested in eating healthier and learning more about the human body. I ditched my subscription to Glamour and signed up for Runners World. Nikes became the new “it” shoe in my world. My spirit was beginning to flourish too – and it was through running that I really started to know myself and what I was capable of.
Exercise is a tool that I use to connect with… the bigger picture. It’s taught me HOW to live in the present moment. Last summer, I was struggling up a hill on a bike ride. I kept saying to myself, “don’t look ahead, just stay focused on where you are right now – one push at a time!” it was that little mantra that kept me going – it was difficult, uncomfortable and I wanted to give up, but I made it up the hill.
1. Five fitness items I can’t live without:
10lb hand weights
2. Favorite pre-workout snack/meal:
a spoonful or two of almond butter or an egg – if I’m running. Otherwise, I just workout between meals.
3. Favorite post-work out snack/meal:
a green smoothie, or a huge salad with chicken, salsa, hot sauce, cheese, etc.
However, on hot, summer hiking days in Waterton, I have an ice cold Rickards + a hot dog and sweet potato fries from Wieners of Waterton. Next time you’re in the park – EAT THERE! Their hot dogs aren’t frankenfood either – locally made, and without fillers, chemicals, etc. Even their buns are homemade! I get the “gluten free” hot dog, which is wrapped in romaine leaves. Also, I highly recommend getting your *own* order of fries, as they’re seriously addicting and you won’t want to share. Remember when this used to be a healthy living blog? Me neither.
4. On my fitness bucket list:
-climbing Crowsnest Mtn – this summer
-yoga/surf retreat with girlfriends in Costa Rica or Mexico (my dream!!!)
-destination half marathon (Hawaii would be awesome because it’s not too hot)
-Waterton-Glacier National Park 100 mile relay
-hiking Kauai’s Na Pali coast (three years later, Court is still raving about it)
Lets just say I want to do EVERYTHING. Especially if it involves running along scenic roads, climbing rocks or swimming in the sea.
5. Must-have tech tools:
-high quality ear buds
-Run Keeper app, for tracking distance & pace
-ipad, to read magazines while stuck on the dreadmill (I walk at a 10 incline now, haha)
6. Top exercise gear:
-Old Navy compression crops (they will change your life)
-Nike Free Runs – I run, walk & cross train in them. BEST SHOE EVER! I highly recommend them.
-Non-slip head bands – I only have lululemon bands, but I’ve heard great things about Bic Bands too! (I haven’t seen them for sale in Canada… or maybe I’m just blind. Probably just blind.)
7. Motivational Mantra
I find making mini goals helps me to push through the mental barriers – I’ll promise myself that if I make it to “x” landmark, I’ll walk, but by the time I get there, I’m fine.
8. Next big exercise goal:
Climbing Crowsnest Mountain – 12km total, some scrambling, with an elevation gain of 1100m.
9. Favorite cardio exercise:
RUNNING. It’s my meditation.
10. Favorite strength move:
Lunge + bicep curl
Squat + overhead press
Garden-clawing weeds from the garden – best full body workout ever!
Carrying a backpack full of food, ice and water up mountains
What ‘life lessons’ has fitness taught you?
Where do you feel most ‘at home’ and authentic?