what is your wild goal?

 

 

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Did you see the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon?  I did and decided right then and there that hiking a piece (note, small piece) of the 2,000+ mile Pacific Crest Trail was for me as I make my way toward a more healthy self.  It is my WILD goal.

Now granted, I am at least 25 years older than she is, don’t have a personal trainer or personal chef and I would be doing it for real and not make-believe, but if she can do  it, I can too!

Now we know getting in solid physical shape is a good thing, right?  But goodness, adding it to already busy lives can be an overwhelming thought.

I am right there with you, my friend.

But we know, and stated well by Dr. Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge that,

Exercise strengthens the entire human machine — the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life.

For my trudge toward physical health, the PCT seems logical, in some mildly self-destructive way.  If you haven’t seen the movie, rent it on RedBox  and feel my trepidation!  But, I am putting this valiant goal outloud to the universe which makes it real.

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My plan is to walk daily, add in aerobics at least twice a week and a monthly mountain hike.

So… I now have been walking everyday and all I can think about is doing it with a huge backpack on and it makes me a little tired.   But I trudge on….

Last weekend, Roger and I traveled to our first such mountain trek on Baker’s Mountain.

I was completed impressed as the park’s ranger gave us a hand carved walking stick – an added bonus. A retired gentleman carves 20 a week for visitors.  How sweet is that?

Here I am with my stick as we begin our ascent.Already great things are happening!

Not quite Reese, but it was a beautiful day.

I will keep you updated on the race for the PCT!

 

 

What is your WILD goal for better physical health?

Maybe you are starting from ground zero like me or you are well on your way.  Either way, want to set a goal together?

According to WebMD Fitness 101, here are the basics to get you going…

  • Get the ok from your physician, first – this is a must if you are beginning from the first floor
  • Go low and go slow
  • Make sure the goals are clear, realistic and concise.
    • Walk 5 miles a week?  Run a 5K by August? Maybe you already are in top shape and want to push yourself a little further…run a marathon by summer?  It is all good.
  • Find something you really enjoy.  If you have the goal of swimming the English Channel and really don’t like swimming – this is probably not a good plan
  • A partner can be helpful – someone to walk with or hang with at yoga class can help hold you accountable.  If there isn’t one in your physical space, an Integrative Health Coach can fill in that gap.  Find out more here.
  • Baby steps are better than no steps!  Just get moving for your body’s sake.

 

Good luck out there and I would love to hear about your WILD goal and how it’s going.

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