Do you feel like you do the same things day after day? You are not alone. It is easy for people to get caught into ruts. Fit for Life Adventures is about getting out there and appreciating the world at which we live in. I know your thinking, you have jump out of an airplane or go to some exotic location and face death. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Adventure is every where around us. We just have to look.
A few years ago I was in Africa climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The most memorial experience of the whole trip was meeting the people. Though they have less material wealth than Americans if I had to say who was happier it was them. I had the privilege of visiting a local African man’s home. What I really saw was how they enjoyed everyday life and being together as a family. It hit me that I have these opportunities everyday back in the States.
Saying “I’m bored,” you can’t remember what excitement felt like, or general restlessness, you are ready for an adventure. So instead of saying “that would be so cool for me to do” let’s get out there and do it. With every adventure, a whole new world opens up to you. You never know how your new experience will change your life for the better. I find that people that take everyday adventures feel like they have more energy, less stress, and flat out have more fun. Fit for Life Adventures are not about the activity itself, they are about the new attitude they create. The inner athlete crying to get out of all of us.
We want every adventure to be safe. As I say that don’t be afraid to take a risk. Make sure you stay within your limits, though doing something beyond what you never have done is truly rewarding. I once took a group of personal training clients to a high ropes course. High rope courses have physical challenges that are off the ground, some are just a few feet and some are a ways up. No one with me that day had ever been to one before. A tight rope cross frightened one lady. She went for it none the less. About half way through she got stuck and then got scared. After a little encouragement she found that she had the strength and ability all along inside of her to make it. It took this risk to bring it out of her. A couple months later, I got a letter in the mail thanking me for the trip and that one event helped her overcome depression that she has been fighting for years. It was the first time in a long time that she truly believed in herself. You have this power inside you right now screaming to get out.
Fit for Life Adventure Ideas
1. The best adventure is the one you make up. You will appreciate it more and the experience is truly yours.
2. Wear bright colors to work today. A fluorescent necktie or outrageous painted toe nails could do the trick.
3. Drive to work with the windows down. Take in all of the sights and smells that you miss everyday. Don’t knock the smell of black top till you have done it.
4. Go for a hike this weekend. If you normally go on hikes, pick a place you have never been or even a new environment you haven’t hiked before. I always look for waterfalls, especially the ones that take just a little extra time to get to. These typically have less people.
5. Learn a new outdoor activity: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or for those ready able souls canyoneering.
6. Get messy; I don’t care what it is just come back without perfectly ironed shirts, clean clothes, or hair perfectly done.
7. Say yes to something that you normally won’t have to. A friend mentioned to me one time that he realized that he was saying no all the time to people and he wasn’t having any fun until he started saying ‘yes.”
8. Wherever you drive today don’t take the quickest route possible. Also, take side streets instead of the freeway. Another idea, if it applies, is to swap cars with your spouse.
9. Get off the sofa and walk across the street and see what your neighbor is doing. The funny thing you may find out is that your neighbor might just be sitting on his/ her sofa too. Then do whatever, I know it will be different than both of you would have done.
10. Go to a different neighborhood and play at its park. New friends may be right around the corner.