Monday, 15 September 2014

Walking Up A Mountain On A Saturday Afternoon


I have never been someone who is keen to work out and exercise. At school I usually tried to skip the P.E lessons with a sick note or time of the month problems. Then at the gym I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb because I am so rubbish at working machines and go as red as a tomato after 5 minutes of running. The type of exercise I have always enjoyed is the kind you can do by yourself at your own pace, where you can pop your headphones in and listen to whatever you want, that is why I love walking. Now you might be thinking well most people walk, but a lot of people either get public transport, are working in an office all day or simply just do not have the time. Going for long walks was something I really wanted to make time for, hence why I wanted to walk up a mountain. I cannot just count a shopping day as a healthy walking day, even though it is tiring, it is usually because of the amount of purchases pulling on my arms. So on the weekend I decided to go walking up a mountain and decided to take a few pictures along the way. Let's Go.

topshop boots

To begin with I have no sort of proper walking boots of any kind and no trainers with sufficient sturdy grip, so all I could find was some winter boots with a lot of grip that I got from Topshop a couple of years back. Comfortable but bloody boiling.

Before seeing any mountain track, you have to go through this tunnel to get to the walkway, tunnel of doom instantly sprung to my mind when I saw this.

At first there was a lot of looking up at the trees which look absolutely amazing and are so tall. But then it dawned on me I was constantly looking up facing an upwards path and immediately I started to think I cannot wait for the walk back down because my thighs started to hurt. It is really difficult to explain, but if you are not used to climbing you forget what muscles you are actually using and after about 10 minutes my leg muscles were just craving some flat ground so they could rest.

After about 25 minutes finally it was out of the depth of the tall trees and into the mounds of bracken plant that was everywhere to be seen. The other thing to be aware of when in mountains where there are lots of shrubs and ferns, are snakes, because they literally can just dart out in front of you, so be careful where you are sitting down to rest.

After watching a couple of para-gliders run and jump off the edge, it was finally the top and the best part was the view.

(Spot the Wellington boot in that last picture)

I think even after all the climbing and urge for someone just to carry me the whole way because I was so shattered, the view made it all worth while. It is something pretty special because when your all the way back down at the bottom, you never get to see such amazing views. You can see things from a completely different perspective when you are up high and it made me feel like I had accomplished something on a Saturday Afternoon rather than just being lazy or spending money on things I do not need.

Then another of my favourite parts, walking back down. Even though I thought this would be incredibly easy, it felt a lot nicer I will give it that, but I was still using a load of new muscles my body thought I would just never use. Walking up and down steep pathways makes you realise how much pressure you put on your feet, so I gave them a lovely nice hot bath when I got home.

I learnt though that it is a great way to stay fit and healthy, rather than just being on a machine for 30 minutes it was lovely to get out into the fresh air and take a long walk. Although it was a little bit challenging and steep I had a great afternoon. Little tip if you do go up a mountain, make sure you have some water, a snack and a jumper, it gets really chilly when your at the top.

Have any of you walked up mountains before? Do you prefer going to the gym or just stay active in your day to day? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you had a lovely Monday

Elle x

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  1. I'm so jealous! I would love to walk up a mountain or on a mountain path... Florida doesn't have any mountains :( I think I would prefer to walk outside then to walk on a treadmill indoors, to be honest. Unless it was just REALLY hot... then I'll take indoors with AC please. lol


    1. Haha definitely, I think when you are working out anyway you prefer to get fresh air because you can get hot and bothered, so I like being outside, its a shame you do not have any mountains, but you have lots of beaches though to go walking on, which I am very jealous of! :D Elle x

  2. It's so nice to go on long walks, I have done a bit of hiking before, but never regularly! I really hate gym workouts, but I do like classes. Maybe try yoga/pilates out?

    Saskia /

    1. Yea I used to do yoga classes! but I am not really sure why it is but I always felt a bit uncomfortable because it was always very quiet and there was never a lot of talking going on in them haha, I do love yoga but tend to just do that at home on a mat now, I have never been a big lover of loads of exercise so a long walk just makes me feel more refreshed and has given me a bit of a workout :) Elle x

  3. I love walking, it is so so good for you! I walk to and from work every day and I always try and get out to stretch my legs during my lunch hour as well. If more people made an effort to walk every day I'm sure we'd be a much healthier nation.

    Chloe x

    1. Completely agree with you, I feel like a lot of things are based around convenience nowadays and we tend to forget how amazing just walking is and how many things you can see whilst walking. I know it is easy for people to jump on a bus because it is easier but I think it is a simple way of just staying fit and getting some fresh air, it is great that you walk to and from work, I love that :) Elle x


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