New Favorite Pastime
WEDNESDAY’S WORKOUT (NO CAP)
50 Russian KB Swings (2 pood/1.5 pood)
100 Double Unders
100 Double Unders
50 Russian KB Swings
AND COMING THURSDAY (CAP)
5 rounds for time:
12 Deadlift (155/105)
9 Hang Power Clean
6 Push Jerk
Over the years I’ve trained in a lot of different sports and activities. Kung fu, BJJ, muay thai, CrossFit, adventure racing, indoor rowing, fencing … But now I have a new favorite pastime. Walking.
Yes, that’s right – walking. Starting a few weeks ago my fiance and I decided to start our days with a walk. The nearby golf course has a 2.5-mile trail around the perimeter. So, we get up and make some coffee to fill our travel mugs, and then we hit the trail. It’s really fantastic, for a lot of reasons:
I get my heart rate going and my muscles moving for half an hour before I sit at my desk for the day.
I get to enjoy fresh air and the morning sunlight, both of which are good for my health.
I get to start the day with quality time with Winslow, which is also good for my health.
I’ve learned all about local plants, flowers, trees, and wildlife from our walks.
I get to exchange smiles and hellos with all the other walkers we see every morning.
It’s remarkable how much better I feel by beginning my day with moderate outdoor activity. I feel much less stiff throughout the day than before we started walking. I also feel really awake and ready to jump into my work. Walking is less stressful than a workout, so it leaves my mind free to wander and my body able to open up and flow.
In a couple months we’re moving to a new apartment (with it being the fifth home in five years, perhaps I should add “moving” to my list of pastimes) and it’s on a small lake with a trail around it. I am very excited to put my walking into practice at different times of the day. If I get stuck for a writing idea I could just walk around the trail. If I want some sunshine or to kick around in some puddles, depending on the time of year, I can just go for a walk. There really is something mentally and physically rejuvenating about the combination of walking and the outdoors.
Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.