Friday Fitness: Mountain Hiking

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Emilee and I have been talking about hiking Crowders mountain since she’s moved down here. I’ve done it several times, but never with her.

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We skipped our usual Stacks breakfast today and drove to Gastonia instead. It’s about an hour from our place in Charlotte. I made a quick breakfast strawberry banana protein shake for some energy.

It had: 1 banana, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 serving Lean Body For Her Whey Protein,ย 1 packet Stevia, 1 tsp honey, 1/4 cup almonds, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 1/2 cup ice, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. ย I usually add a couple cups of kale or spinach to my smoothies but I was out.

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I love hiking up crowders because it has uphill/downhill trails. This is great for interval workouts. My heart rate goes up and down, up and down which is great for fat burn. Plus going uphill is incredibleย for the leg muscles!

Hiking is so much better than spending my time inside at the gym. If I lived closer to the mountain, I would do this every single day. When I was living in Scottsdale, I hiked camelback almost everyday and loved it.

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Hiking with a reward at the end is my favorite kind of hike. I like hiking trails that go around and around, but going up to see the view at the end feels like an accomplishment.

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Breathing in the fresh air from the top of the mountain is liberating.

Plus Emilee and I hiked with our new headbands ๐Ÿ™‚ They were perfect for keeping our hair out of our face and (gross pause here) sweat under control.

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We were also blessed with PERFECT weather. It was lightly breezy, 70 degrees, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Perfection.

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I encourage you to go out and explore this weekend. It doesn’t matter where you go, when you go, or what you’re exploring. Just do something you normally wouldn’t do. Drive over to the next town over, a different neighborhood, or anywhere you want. Instagram it and tag me!

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CHECK OUT ย MY OTHER HIKING ADVENTURES.

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EXPLORING CAMELBACK (1) ย EXPLORING CAMELBACK (2)

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HIKING CROWDERS (1)ย & CROWDERS HIKE (2)

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STONE MOUNTAIN GEORGIAย & NORCROSS TRAILS

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