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I thought I'd share a couple fitness-related tidbits with you today, because being active is a pretty big part of my life and it's fun to share with others!

First up, here's the workout that I did at the gym last night, with many exercises linked to demos where you can watch the move in action:

- 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer (a fun, elliptical-like cardio machine)
- 20 squats, holding 12 lbs on each shoulder
- 40 weighted v-sit twists, holding 12 lbs
- 20 deadlifts, 12 lbs each hand
- 30 weighted crunches on exercise ball, holding a 12 lb dumbbell straight out in front of me (lengthening my arms and holding the weight further away from my body makes my core work harder!)
- 40 static lunges, 12 lbs each hand, 20 each leg
- 40 weighted side bends, holding 12 lbs each hand
- 20 bridges
- 20 alternating core kicks from bridge position (kicking one leg up into the air at a time, from the bridge position, in a controlled motion, keeping hips square the entire time)
- 20 single leg hip lifts, 10 each leg
- :30 plank
- 10 plank glute kick backs
- :30 "swimming" motion, lying on stomach with chest/shoulders off ground (works lower back and lat muscles)
- 30 alternating chest flys, holding 8 lb medicine ball (I did this lying on the ground on my back, instead of on an exercise ball as the demo shows, and just as an aside - this is one of my FAVORITE exercise moves currently!)

I also recently did a GREAT hike with my boyfriend David - known as the most difficult day hike in the state of Oregon! Mt. Defiance is a 4,960 ft mountain (just an ant hill compared to the time I climbed Mt. St. Helens!), and the trail that we were taking has an elevation gain of about 4,800 ft in just 6 miles. For those of you who aren't familiar with all that lingo... that means it's REALLY steep - the entire way! This hike is so serious, people even use the Mt. Defiance hike as a training hike for Mt. Hood.

Climbing the 6-mile trail up was a REAL workout, and took a lot longer than I expected, but I did a great job on it! It took us a little less than 4 hours to get to the top, and about 3 hours down - so about 7 hours of cardio all in all! I always wonder how many calories I burn doing things like this...

Here's me at a few different points during the hike:

Mt. Defiance

Mt. Defiance

Mt. Defiance

Unfortunately I've got a bad habit of bringing the fog with me when we go on hikes, so there was no view at all once we reached the summit - totally foggy and cloudy :( I hear there's a great view on clear days, and that we could've seen Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier if it hadn't been so foggy. Mreh!

I'll write again soon about another smaller hike we also went on recently, which was much less strenuous and quite beautiful :)

In the meantime, I want to hear about YOUR adventures in physical activity. Do you enjoy hiking? What are some fun ways that you've been getting in some exercise? Share in the comments below!

@ 2:16pm ET on August 8, 2012
That last one looks like Iceland minus the trees. There are no hills in Florida, apparently Oregon has them all. What an accomplishment! You probably burned 1000 or 2000 calories, I'm sure there's an app for that. Thanks for sharing the pics and for such inspiration. Oh, I like your sneakers, I mean mountain climbing boots,:d what brand are they?

Thanks for the links to the exercises, I haven't been using weights because of my hand injury, although I do go through the motions and pretend that I'm holding weights.

@ 2:46pm ET on August 8, 2012
Oregon has NO shortage of hills and mountains, that's for sure! My boots are LL Bean Vibram w/ Goretx and they're pretty sweet - I got them 3 or 4 years ago, so I can't find the exact version online to show you!

I'm sorry about your hand injury - I hope you heal up soon!!

@ 11:01pm ET on August 8, 2012
Thanks, I love LL Bean, has to have Goretex and Thinsulate.

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