Happy Monday All!
Given the recent nice whether, I have been trying to get outdoors as much as possible before it turns icy and cold. With that being said, getting in the sun and going for a run a few times a week as helped my mood tremendously!
To track my runs, I use two different devices: a TomTom Watch and MapMyRun.
When I ran in high school, my watch was my best friend. I still use it from time to time, but I tend to stick more to MapMyRun now. I like the fact that the app tells you the mileage and pace in your ear, so I can adjust my pace based on how I am feeling. Plus, you can add friends and create a support community!
How do you incorporate getting outdoors in your workouts?
Welcome back to my second week of blogs!
I think everyone is familiar with the workout rut. Sometimes, I find myself there, too! I develop this mindset where I feel as if I am going through a bunch of motions at the gym. It feels repetitive and lacks attraction.
When feeling burnout like this, I know it is time to change up my routine. This could be anything from making a small adjustment to my lifting spilt, adding in a different form of cardio, or better yet, heading outdoors. I wouldn’t consider myself a huge outdoors person, but I do love to take a day and head to the mountains.
This past summer, my family and I headed to Westcliff to hike Dry Lakes. We were supposed to complete this hike a couple years ago, but my siblings and I made a wrong turn, and we ended up hiking a different trail instead. In any case, it was absolutely stunning, and I am looking forward to hiking another one next summer!
Dry Lakes is a pretty steep hike. It is an out and back that sums to a total of 8 miles from the truck. While it was fairly warm when we began began hiking, by the time we reached the top, it was raining and extremely windy. A great reason to pack extra clothes when hiking! Even with the weather, the hike was relaxing and rewarding. The half way point is marked by a small river waterfall, and my parents even saw a bear!
Dry Lakes was a great way to switch up my routine and re-spark some motivation. To recap: if you are feeling unmotivated to hit the gym, ditch it! Chose a different activity for the day and get after it!
What is your favorite way to switch up your routine?