How To Stop Falling Off The Health Wagon

By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) of Wild Women On Top

If you're tired of 'falling off the wagon' when it comes to your health, you’re not alone. It’s can be hard to commit to an exercise routine and healthy diet, especially when you see it as a chore. But it doesn't have to be. 

Hiking adventures allow us to sustain a healthy lifestyle without the pain and suffering that goes with traditional fitness models. There’s no suffering, or sweating it out in the gym. 

When you do exercise you enjoy, that makes you feel great, it’s not hard to stick to. The combination of movement, nature and a strong community works to support sustained behavioural change, which is why you’re able keep it up. It’s not fad, a health kick or even a training program. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s for everyone. 

For many women, a challenging adventure transforms their life. It becomes a magnificent milestone. And the tougher the challenge, the greater their exhilaration and confidence. 

Fran was never a sporty kid. In fact, she was awkward and gangly. Strength and power were not her forte. But hiking adventures changed all that. Fran discovered hiking when her daughter did a Duke of Edinburgh hiking challenge in New Zealand. “I remember thinking to myself if I could do something like that in my lifetime I would feel like I could achieve anything,” she said. 

Since then, Fran has travelled the globe, taking on some of the world’s toughest hikes, from Everest Base Camp to the GR20 in Corsica. As well as the physical benefits, she says hiking adventures have helped her become more outgoing and confident. “Before, I would have never used the word ‘brave’ to describe myself, but now I feel like nothing is insurmountable. Life’s challenges pop up every now and then and I think to myself, if I can hang off the side of a mountain, I can get through this,” said Fran. 

Stories like this are common for Wild Women. Many of them transform their lives in their forties, fifties and even sixties. 

And the science is convincing. Challenging hikes improve health, fitness, happiness, immunity, sleep, longevity and memory while reducing stress, anxiety, depression, body fat, cancer, diabetes and obesity. 

A challenging hiking adventure often catapults women from zero to hero in their communities, further motivating you to stick with it. One of my friends, Zita, who is a mother of two young boys said: “I used to be jealous of those mums who rocked up at school in their Lorna Jane singlets, Lululemon short shorts and brightly coloured backpacks oozing confidence and cool.

"They always looked so fit and fabulous. Then somebody told me they were Coastrekkers. 

"I found out Coastrek was a massive 60-kilometer walk along the coast. My friends and I thought it sounded like torture. But we secretly wanted to be like them because they were heroes at school,” she said. “So we decided to have a go. We followed the plan and miraculously we did it. 

"It feels great to have achieved something I never thought I could do. My kids think I’m a bit of a legend now,” Zita said.  

Physical activity ceases to be unpleasant: it’s about fun, friendship and fabulous feelings. 

For many women, a challenging adventure transforms their life. It becomes a magnificent milestone. And the tougher the challenge, the greater their exhilaration and confidence. 

For most women, the hike is a journey, not a destination. The adventure motivates them to commit to hiking regularly with their goal buddies, supporting each other in their shared goal. 

Physical activity ceases to be unpleasant: it’s about fun, friendship and fabulous feelings. 

A hiking adventure is a goal which will give your fitness routine purpose and meaning. It will become part of your life, part of your identity. Once you commit to your adventure, you’re motivated to get fitter, healthier and happier. And from there, there’s no going back. 

Registrations are now open for Sydney Coastrek and Melbourne Coastrek 2018. Take on the Thrilling 30km or Super 60km and enjoy leading an adventurous life you love. Register here: www.coastrek.com.au 

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