After working on cruise ships for 3 years, back in my late 20's, I have maxed out my days sippin' on pina coladas on the beach and have swapped out my vacations in the sun for more mountainous adventures.
Truth is, I spent my childhood going to the Adirondacks in upstate New York for family vacation time. And since I grew up on Long Island, 15 minutes from miles and miles of beaches, it was a real treat.
The cool crisp air in the morning and evening, enough to throw on a hoodie, the calmness of sitting by the lakeside and taking a swim out to the raft or a row boat ride to go fishing, has always put a smile on my face and a lightness in my heart.
Now that is my kind a RELAXATION!
But this fitness chick always needs to throw in a little action. So this vacation we spiced it up with hiking and paddle boarding. And I even swam across the lake and back.
- (top right) The Lahr Clan made it to the top. YEAH!! If you didn't know Lahr is my married name. :)
- (top left) Nora, my 3 year old, did awesome! But in the end, mama had to help out a bit. I'd say I earned my beers on the beach later that day from the extra 30 lbs. I carried down the mountain.
- (botton two pics) My husband, Ryan, putting on a show for the kids. It was his impression of JBird Fitness. LOL
So we made it up the pretty steep incline to overlook Loon Lake (where we were staying) with four kids, 7 and under. Not bad, right!
The next day we took a break to visit Bolton Landing, a super cute lakeside town on the west coast of Lake George and then headed down to the actually Village of Lake George.
But then the next 2 days we rented a paddle board from the local marinaand so glad we did. I have been wanting to try paddle boarding for some time now and not only did I enjoy it but everyone we were with loved it too. We were vacationing with our good friends and we all took turns floating & paddling our way up and down Loon lake, sometimes solo and sometimes with kids in tow.
My last "workout" of the week was an impromptu swim across the lake. Mind you, I am NOT a swimmer. In fact, swimming is something I know would be amazing to throw into my repertoire but I just don't love it. So when I get an urge to challenge myself and get to the yellow raft across the lake, I go for it! It only took 15 minutes to go there and back but let me tell, it was a tough 15 minutes. But I wasn't alone. Ryan had Nora and Parker, my friend's 6 year old son, on the paddle board riding along side of us and then Josh, Parker's dad, swam with me.
I was so excited to get back. It has been years, 3 to be exact, since I tried that and 3 years ago I was dying. This time, even though it was tough, I felt really good after. So, I sat on my beach chair and enjoyed a can of sparkling rose, wine spritzer.
And boy was it tasty!
See fitness doesn't always have to be a chore, it can be fun and enjoyed with other people.
I'd love to hear about your summer adventures, whether solo or with friends and how you are making moving interesting and a part of your season's memories to come.
Share below in the comment section.
And next week we will get back to talking about moving with precision and keeping the fun factor top priority on JBird Fitness.
Talk to you soon,