Last week I took my fitness routine on the road and hiked a mountain road. This week I went back to explore the “Pigpile Trail” I found while on that hike. I had a better handle on my HIIT interval trainer app. It was programmed to perfection this time. After a short warm-up and stretch I started on the trail. I had no idea what it would be like. It turned out to be mostly uphill for my workout phase.
This was my gym today!
I did three minute walk intervals followed by 30 second work intervals. When the trail was uphill, I chose exercises such as reverse lunges, side lunges and squats that kept me on the ground. That also applied when I was on uneven or rocky parts of the trail. When it was flat and smooth, I chose jump rope, ski jumps, jumping jacks and such. This kept my heart rate elevated for the 35 minutes of my interval workout. I also had to keep an eye out for snakes, bears and other varmints that might cross my path!
When I finished, I turned around and hiked back out. This was cool down, so I slowed down and enjoyed the view and the absolute quiet of the woods. Although I was moving, this was pure relaxation for me! I did take some time to stop and take some pictures of the interesting things I found on the trail. Like this mushroom..
…and this mystery feather. Anyone know what kind of bird this is from?
On the way home I stopped to enjoy this beautiful view.
Have you combined nature and your exercise routine? Tell me about it! I welcome all new ideas to keep me (and others) motivated to work out.