This weekend I went to Sedona for the first time. What a magical place! Such a beautiful landscape, I wanted to be outdoors all day. Of course you know for me that doesn’t mean lounging by the pool. I did every physical activity I could get my hands on!
The first photo is from my hike, the rest are obviously self-explanatory. I also did yoga and practiced my short game (golf) at the Enchantment resort. More on that place later; probably one of my favorite destinations in the last two years.
Here’s what I’ll admit:
Mountain-biking is f-ing scary. I screamed like a 9 year old on a roller coaster going down some of the rocky slopes. While I was hiking, the altitude made me feel weak and question my fitness. Finally, I am a better tennis player when I don’t take myself so seriously. I actually learned that lesson a long time ago taking tennis lessons, I just wish I had a more consistent swing.
What I learned from the screaming:
I need to get out of the gym more often. It’s no wonder I’m burned out of exercise when I’m teaching 6 spin classes in 3 days and having a trainer who repeats the same routine. The only activity that keeps me sane is my yoga practice. Being challenged; trying new things; allowing myself to be awkward and scared, that actually got me excited! I am coming to believe fitness is more than just trying new things, but taking the activity to new places AND letting go of pride. I always talk about the mental challenge of a workout, but it’s not until you’re screaming like a little girl because of the mental challenge (NOT physical strain) that you really feel the satisfaction of exercise.
In the end, not only did I feel better, but my legs felt stronger too :)Tweet this!