The more I think about our big trip, the more I worry about my physical shape. Not in the self-esteem-challenged, superficial way I have for the last 38 years, but in the sense that I won’t be able to do everything we want if I don’t get in better condition.
Just carrying a backpack as we transition from one place to the next will be a physical burden, not to mention plans like hiking up the Inca Trail for 4 days to get to Machu Picchu.
So I’m spending a lot of time now focusing on my physical health and getting a better connection with my body.
- How far can I push myself?
- Can I become more disciplined?
- Am I listening to what my body is telling me?
Over the last few months I’ve lost 8 pounds, started some body work to be able to move better, and begun walking on a regular basis. As time goes by, I expect to add biking and even swimming to that routine.
My goal is steady improvement with no injuries and reasonable weight loss. I want to enjoy this trip to the fullest!
But I have to admit I’m still a reluctant exerciser, even when I feel the benefits, and I usually have to plan an exercise “date” to get it done. This is still a big hurdle for me.
How does fitness play into your overall goals? Do you work for endurance, strength, or speed? What advice do you have for sticking to a healthy exercise plan?
Betsy Talbot writes about carving the lifestyle you want out of the life you already have. When she’s not writing, she’s paring down, saving up, and getting ready for a year of travel with her husband Warren.