I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me recently about what I do to stay fit. Along with eating healthy, staying strict on my fasting hours (8 pm-12 pm) and going to the gym, I also like to engage in both mentally stimulating physical activities. I go to yoga about every other day for 75 minutes. Vinyasa flow is my favorite because of the intense pace throughout practice as well as the focus on breath, which helps to quiet my mind and eliminate intruding outside thoughts that may arise. I also meditate for at least 15 minutes a day, which gets easier and easier with each session.
Lastly, I have found new solace in hiking. I try to do a moderately difficult hike at least once a week for 3+ hours. Last night, we hiked a 7 mile+ loops for sunset, burning 1200 calories on what I would say was a pretty easy “moderate” hike. Not only are you working your body, but you’re allowing your mind to decompress, or at least you should be. In a world where everything around us is in non-stop motion, it is easy to get caught up in the momentum. I cannot stress how important it is to live in the present moment. For example, while you’re doing something, don’t be thinking about one, 10, 20 or a hundred other things. Just focus on that one moment, as if it is the most important thing in the world for you to be doing right now. You’ll be surprised how refreshing a quiet mind is. Here’s a shot from the peak yesterday before we got lost in the dark and had a not so mindful and calming experience 🙂
More to come on these topics as they are quite honestly taking over my life on this beautiful island.
Go forth & be present ~
Photos by Brandon Verdura