A few months ago, I was really into yoga. I would try to do some sort of routine (even if I just made it up) every day, especially to stretch. I didn’t really enjoy it back in college when I took it as a class, but I have found a new appreciation for it. Lately I’ve slacked off a bit with it, but this morning I was just itchin’ to do some stretchin’!
Enter in my favorite routine by Tara Stiles: Morning Yoga for Flexibility. I used to do it on mornings when my legs were feeling really tight, which is why I decided to do it this morning. Such a good stretching routine!!
Not only was it awesome to get back into it a bit, but I also watched the sunrise from my bedroom as I did it. It looked sort of something like this:
Sunday, the last day of the family reunion, was probably my favorite. Although I enjoyed having everyone over at our house (which we’ve been planning for almost two years!!!), I was really excited to take people hiking in our area! My honey and I used to hike all.the.time. Before we got married that is…Anyways, it’s a ton of fun, plus we have hundreds of miles of trails in our little valley, so I knew we could go somewhere close. I don’t even think I have to mention what a great workout it is…
But I will! Hiking uses your entire body to propel you up and down hills and mountains. The main body part worked is your legs. Your quads, hamstrings and calves all work together to move your body. The rough terrain of hiking trails will build up your core because your body is constantly having to stabilize itself so you don’t get injured. Just be careful of rocks and roots sticking out so you don’t trip! If you have any type of trail near you, I highly recommend taking a hike 🙂
Being the trip leader of sorts, I picked out a trail that was a bit challenging at parts (great for the hammies and glutes!) and had a great view at the top. It was 2 miles up to the view and then another 2 back down to make a perfect 4 mile hike for a Sunday morning.
This was the view on the car ride there. You can almost see me in the review mirror 🙂 We truly live in the most beautiful place!!
Can you see my honey? It scares me a little that he is so nonchalant about hanging his feet over the edge! There are people who will repel from this and/or rock climb it back up. I think they’re crazy!!
We had a good time at the top! We stayed for at least 20-30 minutes chatting about this and that. The woman in the yellow shirt and the man with the dark beard in the picture below hiked the Appalachian trail about 10 years ago. They had been dating for about two years and just decided to do it. They quit jobs and planned everything out and took 6 months off from life to hike the entire thing. Isn’t that amazing?! I’m jealous, to say the least! I told my honey we need to take like two weeks one summer and do a portion of the trail here in VA. Maybe one day we could do the whole thing! Anyways, they shared such awesome stories with us and it sounded like an incredible experience.
It was such a beautiful hike! Wonderful workout and quality time spent with family 🙂 Especially my sister-in-law (the back of her head is above!). We talked pretty much the entire way down and it was so great to catch up with her, especially about Ally 😀
Do you like to hike? What is the coolest hike you’ve done before?