Hey guys! Well, we are back in Calgary…for 4 days. 😉 It’s been a whirlwind of a summer and Mikey and I are grateful to be living these adventures full blast. When I last checked in (which was really 3 weeks ago but I was unable to post until yesterday), we were leaving for our Lake Superior trip with Survive & Thrive and then going straight to the Yukon and Alaska to raft the Tatshenshini River with friends.
Aside from the incredible experiences of community, deep conversations, stunning beauty and just pure fun in the backcountry, I want to focus on my goals for the summer in this post. It’s so interesting… These trips are active, but active in a different way than working out and intentionally using your muscles, doing planks, and sculpting muscle as I talked about in this post. Setting my Summer of Sweat goals with the help of Gatorade Canada came in great timing. But then I got out there. Three weeks away from home, three weeks without a gym, three weeks trying to be more intentional than I have been with my fitness while on outdoor trips than in the past.
And you know what? It’s hard! Really tough to want to do some semblance of a workout (even though I’d broken my goals down into 1 minute “blitzes” of movements throughout the day) when you’re sleeping outside, have long days on the river and have rowed/paddled all day, or squeezed in some hikes on our days “off.” That, and the truth is that when I’m outside on extended trips in the backcountry, especially with amazing people who have incredible stories to share, the concept of working out loses it’s appeal. What I’m doing is living out my fitness – taking the gains I’ve made in the gym and applying them to my life, so working out on top of it feels like it’s more for vanity than anything. And you know what? Not losing muscle is part of my goal while I’m out there, so that’s important too, because I care about the way I look and vanity in this sense is not a negative thing to me.
But my focus does change. The purpose of working out changes. And my focus switches to the people around the campfire circle, the people in the boat with me, those pushing their legs and lungs on hikes and soaking in the beauty around me as I take a break from my usual routine.
So, did I do my blitzes? And what about my nutrition goals of eating to 80% fullness and staying mindful? Some days were better than others, but having a goal seriously affected my thinking in the best way. I did my workout blitzes on the days that I was sitting more (ie: not guiding or hiking) and if I was able to sneak away or was up earlier. Having goals down on paper for all to read also kept me accountable and mindful of how I was eating. I incorporated intermittent fasting into my days to help combat the types of foods we were eating (which I don’t have control over and aren’t as fresh as I eat at home due to the nature of our trips) and the long days on the water sitting.
All that to say, I did squeeze intentional movement in – here are a few examples of how I did kept active!
In addition to aiming for 3-4 L of water a day, I also used Gatorade product on the days I worked harder or needed some extra omphf! I especially liked the Low Calorie G2 (loved the Grape Raisin flavor – like a light grape and not too sweet) pictured below. G2 has similar quantities of sodium and potassium to help hydrate but with less than half the carbs and calories of it’s original predecessor – love that! It was just what we needed on a super hot weather day for our hike (Mikey appreciated me sharing one with him too). 😉
I found ways to make fitness fun (besides rowing and paddling and hiking – those are all a blast!) and to include others in the process.
Partner log workout on the shores of Lake Superior with Arlen!
The focus became having fun with my fitness and friends and enjoying the experience along the way – and there was MUCH to explore and enjoy!
Storm’s coming? Why not squeeze in some sprints at the lighthouse near our camp? [2XU tank and shorts, and always Chacos on my feet in the backcountry!]
Guiding our amazing boat – the boys and Bonnie!
Lunch stop with some incredible people in the Yukon – or maybe Alaska. Gotta love a river that flows between both mine and my husband’s countries! 😉
Living in the backcountry – one of my favorite places to be for the dichotomy of movement and rest in different ways all in one experience.
There is so much more to share about the trips themselves, but this is a glimpse into the natural fitness side of moving and living for 3 weeks in the backcountry as well as being intentional with goals. Just because you’re traveling (whether at the pool, Disneyland, or traveling for a race), you can stay fit with small movements like squats, lunges, push ups, plyometrics and mountain climbers or planks. Fitting them in throughout your day in little amounts keeps you fit and allows you to stay consistent while away from the gym and enjoy your time off.
Since I’ve been home, I’ve trained a few clients and got a few workouts in myself:
And it’s been great to be in that training realm again! I look forward to getting back into routine soon, ut until then, I’m pumped for our last Survive & Thrive summer expedition rafting in the Grand Canyon. This one is not as active save for the hikes because we have guides who man the gigantic rafts and we don’t have paddles. But after trialing my goals in real life I’m excited to be even more intentional and finish off my Summer of Sweat with Gatorade strong – another trip as an opportunity to stay hydrated and fit while enjoying my life and the people around me.
The summer of Mike and Bon – and #SummerOfSweat – continues!
How are your summer goals coming? Have you stayed somewhat consistent while traveling? Anything that’s derailed you that you’d like to share, or tips for me as I head out on our last adventure?
Ultimately, I was reminded by a very wise woman (love you, mom!) that life is too short to worry about a few extra pounds, or how my body looks while in the middle of rafting a class III rapid. If I can make goals to help keep me accountable and stay consistent year-round so I can live well with those around me in the fullest way possible, life is good and I’m doing okay.
Looking forward to touching base with you guys later! Until then, here’s a highlight of our last trip down the Tatshensini River – we have SO much more footage from this incredible trip but Mikey put this highlight reel together in the meantime. Enjoy!
Live well & be well, friends!