Mountains anywhere in the world, without exception, are the most awe inspiring and healthy places to visit – bar none.
Beaches and the ocean rank a distant second in my opinion – – because these, by the very nature of being “more readily accessible” to all and sundry have ended up becoming way too crowded and polluted in many regards.
Unless we’re talking Northern Darwin in Oz, of course, where it’s just you and the salties – and an occasional skeleton for company, but I rather doubt that would be the best place to set tent down and hope for a “tranquil” vacation by the sea side …
Anyway, the Indian Himalayas (which I referenced in my last post) in my opinion are by FAR the most awe inspiring out of ALL the most awe inspiring mountain ranges in the world. Not only that, those that have been there and experienced the place will know the sheer sense of tranquility and “peace” that seeps into you the minute you climb into the foothills and start either driving/walking on the meandering roads that cling (sometimes precariously so) to the mighty hills.
Note – – when I’m saying “experience”, I mean on foot – as opposed to what a lot of lunatics do which is to basically drive through the entire trip without setting foot outdoors even once for the most part (unless we’re talking restaurant – or the porcelain throne – or the couch – and YES, there ARE people who classify a “relaxing holiday in the hills” as “sitting on the couch and watching cable TV).
Ludicrous as that last bit might sound, it’s true. I mean, who in their right minds would visit the Himalayas and not even so much as take a walk around?
The fresh air – the Nature – the scenery – and the sheer PEACE of this place is unparalleled in the entire world, my friend – and the Himalayas are well worth at least ONE – – if not TWO — or more visits in YOUR lifetime as well.
Anyway, I seem to be deviating from the topic at hand. What was that …
Ah yes. One of our (my family and me) pet favorites, if not THE most favorite place to visit in the Indian Himalayas is Khajjiar – – an extremely scenic spot around 7000 or so meters about sea level if I’ve got it right – – and a spot that has been nicknamed the “Switzerland of India”.
We fell in love with this place the first time we visited in 2012 – – and sure enough, ended up back there another five or so years later, specifically in April 2017 – – and much like the China experience I wrote about the last time, this was NOT planned.
It just happened – and of course, my daughter loved every minute of the trip/adventure.
And one of the first things she said, and kept on saying throughout the entire trip (upon encountering one hill upon another) was “Can I climb those Daddy”?
“Of course you can sweetie”.
“But they’re so high!”
“So what? You tackle it one step at a time – – and you’ll get to the top in no time!”
“But it’s so tall!”
“No problem, Barb! We’ll do it together – one step at a time … ”
And so forth. Kids have an insanely cute way of repeating the same thing many times, and my daughter clung on to her “it’s too tall” mantra until we arrived at our destination and promptly made our way up a steep hillside.
Now, mind you, this is NOT Qi Feng we’re talking about that has been well touched by “modernity” in the form of steps, easy routes, tough routes and so forth.
We were basically climbing through the brush – the light jungle, if I might say so – on foot – sometimes on all fours, and it was a sight indeed to behold my three year old (at the time) actually leading the way, “stick” in hand for support, ploughing through the country with all the determination of a charging rhinoceros bottled up in a three year old’s body.
“Well, that wasn’t too bad was it Barbara” I remarked once we made it to the top of one hill, came upon a meadow, and started upon another.
“Yay! We DID IT, Papa!” … followed by joyful cheers from my three year old who finally DID come to agree that the hill, though it looked tough, was NOT insurmountable by any means.
And how does this apply to fitness – or life in general?
Well, simple – when you’re faced with a problem that looks utterly impossible to solve – or insurmountable, if I might say so, BREAK it down into “man sized” bits.
In other words, remember the old saying “eat a bear at a time”.
Above all that though, remember that the problem – or hill – CAN be conquered.
If you’re currently about 50-60 kgs overweight, and the idea of doing 100 – or even 10 – pushups seems ludicrous and an obstacle you CANNOT surmount, well, think again. Think several times – and think like a 3 year old would in this case.
If you’ve never done a pull-up in your life, and have been unable to do a single one as a teen or an adult – chances are you think progressing to more than 5 reps at a time – or more than 25 total reps in a workout is an utter impossibility – let alone more rarefied numbers.
But you’re wrong, my friend. You’re wrong. My book “Pull-ups – – from DUD to STUD – – within a few WEEKS” HAS indeed gotten folks from “dud” to “stud” level at pull-ups – – and that’s not even the advanced course, which contains workout that would kick even the most advanced trainees on their rump within a minute or so of doing the routines mentioned therein.
The MOST useful part of the book tho IMO is NOT the actual part where I detail how to do pull-ups correctly.
NO – it is in the sections that precede this part. Where I talk about the mental side of things. Gumption. Determination. And above all, my OWN personal experience with getting my own pull-ups from a measly 20 or so per workout to well above 100 /workout (and this when I was already in good shape, mind you).
The main thing to remember though is this – whatever your fitness related (or life) goals are – chances are they are DOABLE – if you BELIEVE they are doable – and if you get the right guidance.
I can’t magically change the belief part for you, but I CAN give you the right guidance, my friend.
And believe me – when you implement what I teach in my courses – you’ll skyrocket yourself along to your goals of super health and fitness in record time.
Start right here today.
P.S. – I’ll be doing a post on “Manki point” – – an extremely short – – but TOUGH climb in the Himalays (or so it felt to me back then) shortly. Be on the outlook for it!