This week, I thought of taking the time to reflect on the distance that I covered on foot from October 2019 to present. I also focused on the benefits that I achieved during this period of my documented “marathon”, if you will. Those who know me, know that I am an avid hiker. I can live in the wilderness or along the water with true comfort and awareness. I have been doing this for most of my adult life. I hike every day regardless of the season and weather conditions. I shuffle my trips between morning, noon, or evening, depending on my professional responsibilities and work schedules.
About fifteen years ago, I charmed and convinced my sister-woman-friend Gale to join me from time to time on my hikes . She trusted me and became my regular hiking partner. From then onwards, you can regularly see Gale on the trails with me – reflecting, breathing or even doing a tough cardio workout. Together we have covered and discovered many provinces, states, and countries on foot. It is out of our many journeys, experiences and challenges along the way that “LEARN, EARN AND RETURN OUTSIDERS” was born.
I hike or trail a minimum of 8 kilometres to a maximum of 18 kilometres each day. On a given day, I can push it to 20 or 22 kilometres depending on time and the happenings of the next day. Occasionally, I am forced to skip a day or two due to unexpected professional “rumble jumble. “ When this becomes the case, I will over extend my distance the following day. The day (or days) that I get stuck in the office is referred to as “a heavy day.”
From October 2019 to December 2019 my feet, heart, lungs and brain allowed me to cover over 500 kilometres.
From January 2020 to December 2020, my happy body, mind and spirit covered over 1,500 kilometres.
From January 2021 to March 2021, my holistic self became a partner to the elements. I easily covered over 600 kilometres.
Now, one might ask what are the benefits of hiking? Spending time moving my body and connecting with the elements allows me to think, process, breathe and heal. As my legs automatically move, my lungs expand and my heart beats in rhythm, I can quickly feel free, light, energized, and genuinely glad. The burden on my brain is lifted and my body shows the results for it. It is clearly documented that hiking can strengthen the core which is the staple of the body and lower blood sugars and pressure while stimulating the brain to clear the fog and produce clarity. I can attest to all these benefits and more.
On May 29th 2021, I will be leading a hike. A hike for all enthusiasts. A health and wellness event where sharing, consulting and supporting will be happening as we journey for 15 kilometres along the Wasaga Beach. The Learn, Earn and Return Outsiders crew will be hosting this event to educate, socialize and raise funds for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, a Centre for abused women and children. Register now and spend the day with us while shifting your state of being and helping a worthy cause. I am looking forward to seeing you.
“We owe it to ourselves to be well.”
~ Dr. Roz