Thursday, November 5, 2015

My 5 Favorite Weekend Workouts

I really like my weekday workout routine. I have a few days where I go to the gym and/or run, and a day or two of doing home workouts in my basement. When the weekend comes, I'm ready for a break from the normal routine. I can't handle sitting around and being lazy, so there are several activities that I like to do.

1. Hiking
This has been a favorite the last few weeks because of all the beautiful fall colors. Over the last year or so I've had so much fun finding new places to explore. There are so many options within an hour or two of Atlanta! I love getting friends together for a little hiking trip.

2. Biking
I've loved biking since I was a kid, and several years ago I purchased a mountain bike. I had never even been mountain biking before, but I needed a bike and knew there were a lot of mountain biking trails in the area, so I decided to get one. Best decision! Once I started hitting those trails, I was hooked! Pick a good trail with lots of hills and it'll get your heart rate up and your legs burning. Every time I go, I think "I need to do this more often".
If you're not big on that kind of thing, find a nice smooth trail to take your bike on. We have the Silver Commit trail close by in Marietta, but there are all kinds of trails popping up in the Atlanta area.

3. Rock Climbing
Another new activity for me. My sister Lindsey would talk about how much fun it was, but it just didn't sound that fun to me. She started working at a rock climbing gym and made me join her since it was free. Hooked. Again. It was especially great during the winter months when it was freezing outside! We both got belay certified and started going about once a week. Another fantastic workout!

4. Photographing
Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding knows they can be some of the most exhausting days. So as a photographer, when I spend a Saturday at a wedding, I've gotten more than a workout in. ;) Standing and walking for 8 + hours straight with heavy cameras and lenses hanging off my shoulders will burn a few calories and send me crawling into bed at the end of the day. But it's fun... really really fun!

5. Shopping
I know, some of you are probably rolling your eyes at this one. But have you ever spent several hours at the outlet stores? Wear a little fit band, and you'll see what I'm talking about. This is a good one at Christmas time. Although I'll admit, I can only handle a few Saturday's of this. ;)

Those are just of a few favorites. There are so many other options like Kayaking, Six Flags (season passes are the best), roller blading, and playing sports (volleyball and baseball especially). It never hurts to get a nice long run in on a Saturday either!

As for this weekend, it's hiking again because I'm going camping! Woohoo!

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