Finding What You Love!
In my last blog I talked about my goal for 2015 of hiking Mt. LeConte. So, to make sure that I stuck to it, I have a cabin booked and a date. I have about forty two days to get ready. I am so excited and can’t wait to get to the top of the mountain. I think the key to exercising is to find what you love.
I’ve never liked to exercise and especially have never loved it. I look at it like most people do; as a chore. Lately though, I am trying to change my way of thinking. I am trying to find things that I enjoy. My one true love is hiking (besides my husband, of course). I love seeing new places and exploring. We are so blessed to live in a place where there are so many beautiful things to see; but you have to get off the couch, turn the TV off and go out there and see them! Luckily, my husband shares my enjoyment, so as often as possible we are off to some location to see what we can see.
We really enjoy waterfall hikes, but sometimes go on hikes that don’t involve a waterfall. Not only do we get to enjoy the benefits of the exercise, but I believe it has made us closer as a couple. There is nothing else to do on a five to ten mile hike except talk to each other. I am very thankful that my husband likes it as much as I do.
I realize hiking isn’t for everyone – it can be hard on your knees. I’ve had knee surgery in the past, so it aggravates that injury at times but it is worth it. I want to encourage you to try it if you’ve never been. It is so peaceful and we meet lots of nice people on the trails. I am going to post some pictures of our most recent hike. There are many trails around. If you are just starting -look for trails that are easy and short and build up to more difficult hikes and longer trails.
Good luck on finding an exercise that you love. It really makes it so much better to not look at it as exercise, but just another tool toward a healthier you! Till next time!
Kelley Narramore from Kelley’s Korner
Kelly is a LPN with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville. She recently underwent bariatric surgery. This is her personal journey.