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Fun Ways to Stay Fit in 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I try to keep my exercise as enjoyable as possible, but this year's off to a particularly good start! On New Year's Day, I did the polar plunge at Barton Springs! Refreshing...at least, as long as I stayed in the water. It was 68 in there, and 41 outside with a brisk wind. Once I got out, I needed warm fleece coverings, stat! That's me in the springs, in front with a big grin.

The next day, I walked on the Hike & Bike trail on Lady Bird Lake. That Sunday, Kevin and I walked a different part of that same trail and ended up on a nice strolling detour through the Nature & Science Museum in Zilker Park. We had fun looking at all the animals!

Yesterday I hit the Green Belt and enjoyed the berry-filled, branch-y greenery of the lower trail, and sat on a rock for about 20 minutes, enjoying the fresh-smelling, rushing water while listening to David Bowie's last album.

Today, I signed up a pal as one of my VIP guests at the gym, and she and I went to the gymnasium and shot hoops for over an hour! So fun. I definitely plan to keep up this momentum!
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  • LITTLERACHELC
    I wish I could share your fitness journey with you more often. Do you want to try the polar plunge in Lake St. Louis?
    1542 days ago
  • CAROLINEINCITY
    @PICKIE98 - Yeah, I'd probably be too wimpy for that too! I was heartened by the knowledge that our springs are 68 degrees year round, which makes them breathtakingly cold when we jump in during our 100+-degree summer days (which is essentially May through September)....
    1544 days ago
  • COOPGIRL85
    Omg I've always wanted to do that.
    1544 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    Love the variety of fitness that you are doing! So fun
    1544 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Your plunge sounds like a lot of fun, but here in Michigan, that 68 degrees is the normal temp in summer for most lakes. Water temps of 32 degrees and air temps of -50 degrees are a polar plunge here. I am way too wimpy to try that. People here have icicles on their faces, frozen hair and eyelashes, wet towels frozen solid.. nobody sticks around once they get out of the water. 41 degrees here , people wear shorts and sandals!! LOL!! It is all relative. Can you imagine that in Hawai'i?

    Your nature hikes sound so serene and I bet the smells are great too.. That is what makes it so fun! That is a great strength and cardio workout!!!
    1544 days ago
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