Jennings Peak

hiking Dec 15, 2018
 

I hiked Jennings Peak in the Sandwich Range / Waterville Valley today, December 15, 2018. Here's the route I took.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/drakes-brook-trail

I ascended via Sandwich Mountain trail which is steeper but shorter (2.5 miles) and descended via Drake Brook Trail...

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Keep or Let Go: Naturalizer Winter Boots

minimalism traveling Dec 12, 2018

Deciding what to keep and what to let go of  has been much harder than I had anticipated.

Tossing/donating the first “batch” of useless stuff was easy. It was obvious which items  no longer had any benefit in my life.

Now that I’m starting to pack the smallest bag...

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Tripyramids via Livermore Trail

hiking Oct 21, 2018
 

I hiked the Tripyramids on Saturday, October 20, 2018. My route started at the parking area at Livermore Road. I took Livermore Road to the beginning of the loop, then I ascended to the North peak first via Livermore trail, then on the south peak and down via the Mount Tripyramid trail. Once the...

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Is Running Good or Bad For You?

lower body running Sep 09, 2018

Running is often said to be bad for your joints, especially ankles and knees. That's not untrue. But the impact on your bones during a run is actually helpful if you tend towards low bone density.

What I mean when I say "tend towards" is a genetic disposition (a blood relative with osteoporosis)...

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Critical Hours

hiking musings Jul 25, 2018

It’s not news to you that I love hiking. I like being surrounded by nature, smelling the pine trees, hearing the birds and chipmunks, getting almost run over by two squirrels chasing one another and of course I like the views.

Most of all though I love the physical activity, I love feeling...

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My Hiking Preparation Routine

hiking Jul 02, 2018
 

I've put together a video of the exercises I do before I head out on a hike. Most people are aware of the importance of stretching after an activity, and I don't disagree. Let me explain to you why before might be even more productive.

You've hopefully heard me talk about movement patterns. Poor...

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The Short Half Roller, Such a Handy Little Tool For Body Maintenance

hiking traveling Jun 25, 2018
 

This 12x3 inch piece of foam has saved me on several occasions. It's such a useful tool, I even bring it with me on trips, especially when I'm planning on hiking for several days.

I've put together a short video showing my favorite exercises with the short half roller.

  • Calf Squeeze
  • Hip, Leg and...
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Poles or No Poles - Are hiking poles necessary, smart or a crutch?

hiking Jun 10, 2018

If you’re getting into hiking you might wonder if it’s necessary to buy hiking poles. Maybe you’ve been hiking for a long time, but you’re getting older and don’t trust your balance so much anymore and are wondering if would be smart to start using poles. Or...

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Process Over Perfection

musings Feb 18, 2018

I've heard this quote many many times before. I even use this phrase myself over and over again in my Pilates teaching. I tell my students not to get too caught up in the end product (to perform the exercise perfectly). All that matters is they do it a little bit better than the day before....

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How Journaling Helped Me Make Better Decisions

musings Feb 08, 2018

The first time I used journaling as a tool for personal growth was after reading Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way". She explains a technique called morning pages.  The process is simple. After getting up in the morning, before doing anything else, write three pages of whatever you're...

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