We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we have to overcome challenges. This alone is reason enough to exercise. Forget about the crop tops and short shorts. Most of us have moved past the “bikini as my goal” motivation, thank goodness. By all means, rock it if you got it, but also, show off that incredible resting heart rate, impressive HDL and killer bone density!
In addition to all of these measurable health benefits, people that exercise regularly handle stress better. Why? Because a good workout forces you to use your body and mind to overcome a challenging situation every time you break a sweat. When our body is accustomed to being challenged, and our mind is trained to push through and find inner strength, we are more apt to handle the truly stressful, real deal, real life challenges that are unexpectedly thrown at us over our lifetime.
This hill workout is a perfect example of faking the challenge and overcoming it. There are many things you can only learn about yourself on a hill. Get to know your own willpower and push through this workout. The hardest part is always the first step. Get a workout buddy and commit. Walk it, jog it, crawl it. It doesn’t matter. Be proud. Strength is the product of struggle. Go find your hill and take it head on.
- Explore your neighborhood by foot and find a great hill, preferably long and steep.
- Warm up with a jog or speed walk for 5-10 minutes and end at the bottom of the hill.
- Take a deep breath.
- Head up the hill as fast as you can. This can be a run, sprint, walk, jog, etc. Just do what is a challenge for you.
- 5 Keep the pace until the hill flattens out then, don’t stop, hit the flat and go for 20 more seconds. Or find a street sign or tree in the distance to make your stopping point.
- Take a deep breath at the top, be proud, then turn around and jog back down.
- 7 Repeat 3-5 times, depending on the hill size, for 20 minutes total.
- After the last hill, cool down with a 5-10 minute walk or jog.
- Finish up with 10 pushups and 10 crunches, nine pushups and nine crunches, eight pushups and eight crunches, etc. until you get to zero!
Each time you complete this, you walk away stronger. Make this hill challenge a weekly event. Recognize and celebrate as you get stronger each time.
“IT’S NOT A HILL, IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY.”