Getting in my summer workouts

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I am so blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area because of the weather.  We get super weather 95% of the year.  This allows me to create a workout schedule that I can usually stick to most of the year.  But there are those to can’t possibly swim in a lake in the winter or hike in a forest in the dead of winter.  So today I would encourage you to get out there before the summer weather turns chilly.

This is what I did the last couple of weeks.  

CAMPING TRIP!  Oh yeah, we had a family reunion camping trip in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the Sierra Mountains of California.  It was three days of family, food and beautiful weather.  Here a picture of my site outside the trailer (my dad gave me his trailer for the trip).  Seeing this beauty, TOTALLY relaxed me!

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This is the sunset in the forest that looks like the trees are on fire.

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And the lake I swam in…

 

I can not tell you how relaxing this was for me!  I came back to the Bay Area positive, recharged and my spirit was filled.

Yesterday I took a hike in a local park and found this cool monument in a local park (Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland).  I just stumbled upon it. COOL!

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And this is the view!


 

Soak up this beautiful summer and walk on the wild side!  What have you been doing this summer to improve your wellness both physically and emotionally?

LOCAL HIKE

  Last week, some of my coworkers joined me on a hike along a beach trail then a dip into the Pacific Ocean.   https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=528   This gem is just a 20 minute from our work yet feels like a million miles away from the crowded city of San Francisco.  The hike is only 2 miles so we decided to explore a little more than just 2 miles.  There are small paths through foliage and poison oak then on to larger dirt road.  The views are GORGEOUS!    Here are my tips to finding local hikes:    * I use weekend sherpa for California.   http://weekendsherpa.com/     * Yelp is actually another resource!    * All trails has a lot of information as well:  https://www.alltrails.com/    * EXPLORE!  Just find a local park or state park and start exploring.    * Do you live in an urban area?  Head to the local park and walk around the boundaries    * Your local newspaper also has information about local hikes and adventures    I implore you to try and get out while it’s still summer and beautiful.  Of course the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t as hot as other places, so we can hike year round.  Hotter weather? Then make your hike a sunrise hike!  Or go at dusk with some friends and a flashlight (stay on the trails!).      These are some of the supplies I take with me on a hike:    * Backpack    * Big water bottle    * Trail Mix or energy bar    * Dried Fruit    * A camera    * A journal to just sit and write about how you feel sitting in nature    * A book!      * Small first aid kit    What are your favorite local hikes?  Do you like the hikes that are high and difficult or more leisurely? Have a great weekend!    

Last week, some of my coworkers joined me on a hike along a beach trail then a dip into the Pacific Ocean.  https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=528  This gem is just a 20 minute from our work yet feels like a million miles away from the crowded city of San Francisco.  The hike is only 2 miles so we decided to explore a little more than just 2 miles.  There are small paths through foliage and poison oak then on to larger dirt road.  The views are GORGEOUS!

Here are my tips to finding local hikes:

* I use weekend sherpa for California.  http://weekendsherpa.com/

* Yelp is actually another resource!

* All trails has a lot of information as well:  https://www.alltrails.com/

* EXPLORE!  Just find a local park or state park and start exploring.

* Do you live in an urban area?  Head to the local park and walk around the boundaries

* Your local newspaper also has information about local hikes and adventures

I implore you to try and get out while it’s still summer and beautiful.  Of course the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t as hot as other places, so we can hike year round.  Hotter weather? Then make your hike a sunrise hike!  Or go at dusk with some friends and a flashlight (stay on the trails!).  

These are some of the supplies I take with me on a hike:

* Backpack

* Big water bottle

* Trail Mix or energy bar

* Dried Fruit

* A camera

* A journal to just sit and write about how you feel sitting in nature

* A book!  

* Small first aid kit

What are your favorite local hikes?  Do you like the hikes that are high and difficult or more leisurely? Have a great weekend!

 

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Travel and our wellness

HOW DOES YOUR VACATION AFFECT YOUR WELLNESS?

 With summer upon us, what are your travel plans? Overseas?  Or a local staycation?  Research shows that we should take advantage of our vacation time for a happier life.  Particularly overseas travel.  And travel in sunny places.  Although I don’t believe they didn’t account for the beauty of the snow covered mountains and people who love winter sports.  I believe taking our wellness seriously, both mind and body is important.  So with that in mind, here are my tips: 

BUDGET FRIENDLY

I can’t afford it.  This is an excuse we give ourselves about almost everything that is good for us.  You don’t have to travel far for a wonderful vacation, just the desire.  Find what you love and do it.  Do you love music?  Find your favorite group or artist and visit a concert away from your home.  Maybe just a 3 or 4 hour drive from your home.  Rent a room on airbnb and meet some new people.    

  • Find a location that you can drive to

  • Stay in a room in an airbnb instead of an entire home

  • Go during off seasons when things are cheaper

  • Treat yourself to one or two meals out in the new city, instead of every meal.  

  • Explore your surroundings!  Go to historical places, the library, free outdoor concerts or rodeos.  Parks and the beach are FREE!

  • Use some of the time to mediate or read a book.  Quiet time away from the hustle and bustle.  

    I am going to continue to speak on travel and wellness for the next couple of weeks.  What are are your tips? How does travel improve your wellness?

  • I hope this encourages you to begin your adventures now.  Be good to yourself!