I confess: I can be a lazy adventurer. I wake up early, but sometimes don't leave the house for a hike until (gasp) 11. Some days I only run 3 miles. I've been known to blow off the gym even though I know I should lift weights. There's days I will just go for a walk.
I used to be much more obsessive. I turned down time with friends because I had to exercise. I once went running before heading out on a backpacking trip. I ran circles in an office building when it was too icy and snowy to run outside.
Now, I'm a lot more moderate. I still exercise a lot, but I've learned to listen to my body. If I have aches and pains, or feel desperate at the thought of a weight workout, I modify what I'm doing. I go for a walk in the woods instead. I can be happy with a four mile hike. On rest days, I just try to eat less (sometimes I succeed).
While I don't advocate lying on the couch all day watching
|Hiking in Patagonia, just because I loved this trip. We made sure to take breaks!|