Fitness

Tunnel Bluffs Hike

Tunnel Bluffs Hike near Lions Bay

My first real hike was very challenging and navigating the steep and slippery landscape was not a joke. I crawled up and down the mountain emerging with cuts, wobbly/tired legs, tear stained cheeks, muscles that ached for a week and torn leggings after a total of 7 hours. We did take breaks while ascending and descending from the mountain and I had two engineers (one had to give me his hiking boots halfway through the hike because my running shoes were a nuisance…I was totally unprepared), to keep me company and help me all the way. One was stationed behind me and the other was in front of me. But we were cheated of the view since the sun had set by the time we got to the top. The air at the top smelled so pure and I wanted to take it with me…only if it were possible. After the hike, I swore never to do anything like it again but weeks later, with the right gear and appropriate planning/weather, I would attempt to redeem myself again from my embarrassing crawl session. Tunnels bluffs is a really challenging hike, especially if you’re a beginner, so my advice would be, prepare!

Don’t stop moving and lifting!

Home Workout Essentials

As much as I love going to the gym, everything being closed or restricted due to COVID-19, made me realize that I needed to set up an at home workout space with equipments that are multi-functional. The photo above shows my home workout essentials. Two 3.6kg dumbbells (you can have more than two of course & different weights), a resistance band, a yoga/exercise mat and socks. Yes socks! I use it for a good ab workout. (See the video below for an example)

To use the socks for the abs workouts, you definitely need to do it on a marble/tiled or wooden floor, as this would not work effectively on concrete or carpet. But trust me, do 3-4 sets of 20 reps of the workout in the video below and you’ll have an intense ab exercise session. The dumbbells are so multifunctional! You can use them for ab exercises such as weighted sit ups, laying leg raises, planks with weights, dumbbell donkey kicks etc. You can also use them for bicep curls, tricep kick backs, squats, lunges, deltoid raises, single & double dumbbell rows etc. (Google for reference photos/videos) The resistance bands can be used for donkey kicks, squats, leg lifts, Romanian deadlift etc. You can also use the mat for other exercises and for stretching as well. A good run around your neighbourhood or at a park near you is also a good way to get some cardio in. Dancing, jumping jacks and skipping are also good cardio options. Happy home workout!

Socks workout