The toughest workout of my life!

I think I've officially done the toughest workout of my entire life... this coming from a guy who loves to do wind sprints, hill sprints, high intensity full body weight training, mountain biking, and other super-high intensity forms of workouts.

But this workout didn't involve any of those.

I've actually been in the rocky mountains skiing most of this winter. A few days ago, in order to hit some extreme terrain that's not accessible from the ski lifts, we hiked up a portion of the mountain by foot.

Here's what made this the toughest workout of my life...

We were in ski boots, hiking straight up a steep mountain in thigh deep powder, carrying our skis on our shoulders... and all the while, over 13000 feet in elevation (one heck of a difference from exercising at sea level!).

My legs and lungs have never burned so hard in my life. When we got to the summit, it took us at least 5 minutes to catch our breath and have our legs stop burning.

Then, we started the exciting descent down the mountain carving through the deep powder, which quickly brought back some serious leg burning as well as a serious adrenaline rush!
Despite this being probably the toughest workout of my life, it was also so exhilarating, I had a high for probably an hour afterwards.

Now I know this type of workout may not be applicable to you if you don't ski or hike mountains, but I just wanted to bring up the point that you need to enjoy your workouts if you're going to have long term success in getting the body that you want.

Also, I wanted to point out that if you've been bored with your workouts, there's another whole world of options out there available to you if you're sick and tired of treadmills, ellipticals, and weight rooms.

Why not do something fun while getting in great shape at the same time... maybe you could start hiking mountains or take up cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or downhill skiing (I can tell you that I don't think I've seen a single fat person since I've been in ski country this entire winter... so it's more than just fun).

If you don't have mountains near you, perhaps you could at least spruce up your workouts by doing hill sprints or outdoor wind sprints. If it's cold and snowy in your part of the world this time of year, you could even do snow running or pull your kids around on a sled (you'll get a workout and they'll have fun!). Even chopping firewood is a killer workout, and I actually think it's sort of fun.

When the weather warms up, perhaps you could try out kayaking, canoeing, or mountain or road biking.

If you're in the gym, maybe you could even try kickboxing, heavy bag punching, or jump roping to mix up your workouts. Anything to keep you interested and have fun doing your workouts instead of bored to tears on a treadmill or elliptical.

I haven't used a boring cardio machine like a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike for over 8 years, and I probably will never use one again in my life... there are just so many more interesting and fun forms of exercise compared to "walking or pedaling to nowhere".

Well, that's my rant for today... make your exercise fun, interesting, and intense and you'll be hooked on lifelong fitness for good!

I'm out for today.

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Til next time...
Don't be lazy, be lean.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder - Truth About Abs .com & Busy Man Fitness .com