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Hiking with Fibromyalgia: Benefits, Tips, and Recommendations

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia some nine years ago. Unexplained pains, nothing on x-rays, and jumping reaction to the doctor pressing some well-chosen spots on my body. A well-known story to many who struggle with fibromyalgia and sometimes wait for years for a diagnosis.

I am lucky – my version of FM is pretty light. I could still work, take care of myself and generally, the disease did not mess too much with my life. My doctor told me about the importance of exercise and active lifestyle no matter the pain it could cause.

Hiking While Celiac - Gluten-Free on the Trail

When you have celiac disease and/or have food allergies and food intolerance, you think about food a lot. If it’s such a problem during regular days, how much more when planning a trip into the Wild?

It took me a while to learn what works best for hiking and camping trips (as well as my budget). But it always requires some research ahead of time, preparing food at home and probably carrying much more than others do.

The Scenic Route to Weight Loss: Hiking as a Weight Control Tool

I am a big fan of the “Healthy at Every Size” movement and support women of all sizes and fitness levels in the Outdoors. No weight loss is necessary before enjoying the wonderful benefits of hiking and camping.

But I know a lot of women do want to lose some weight and get in better shape. Myself included. I put some fat on and although I don’t think there's anything wrong with it, I would like to get back to my size from about a year ago – if only to fit my old clothes.

So if there are women out there who would like to get into a bit more athletic shape, let’s find the best, the most healthy and safe way to do it, right?

Hiking with Anxiety: the Kampinos National Park Edition

I really love fall. The changing colors, crispy cold mornings, the earthy smell of moist soil and mushrooms. But in the battle between nice views and anxiety, the last one usually wins.

You see, I hate leaving my apartment. I know, I’m a travel blogger, you would think I can’t wait to just run out screaming “I’m going for an adventure” in my best Bilbo voice. But I don’t. Even though I feel really good when I’m out in Nature, alone, calmer, it’s hard to go. If only I could teleport directly to the slopes of mountains or lake’s shore out in the wild…

The process of getting ready, planning and leaving my home is filled painfully with anxiety. And even when I'm finally at my destination, it never is free of it... hiking for me is always hiking with anxiety. I guess I should have made it a name for my blog. Or maybe hiking while anxious? :)

Hike Proud. Be Proud. You ARE Enough.

"Do it or die trying!" "Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going!" "Crawling is acceptable, falling is acceptable, puking is acceptable, crying is acceptable, blood is acceptable, pain is acceptable; quitting is not".

That kind of "fitspiration" messages circulate all over the web. In the visual version, they are generally accompanied by images of body parts of very slim and fit women. Sometimes the whole woman is seen - maybe bent after a hard run.

These kinds of words are supposed to inspire and motivate us to push harder. We are weak and lazy, we have to push ever more, hard and with no excuses.

Some of them also give reasoning why we are supposed to do it - "because I don't want to be anyone's fat ex" or "so you prove those who said you can't" or "because I prefer to be covered in sweat than in clothes at the beach". 

To me, they are terrifying. 

Just Leave Me Alone! How Hiking Solo Calms Social Anxiety

„Are you hiking all alone?” – An older gentleman asked me as I was making my way up the trail. I looked up and down and saw at least a dozen people in groups of two or more making the same trek as me.

I was hiking a very popular trail, on a long weekend which raised the number of hikers even more, and pretty close to the town.

Why is it, that a woman hiking by herself causes surprise and strange looks? I wonder what this gentleman would say If I told him I loved doing multi-day solo hiking and camping trips in much more remote areas.

I don’t have to wonder if he would ask the same question a solo man. I know he wouldn’t.

The Mighty Oatmeal: Breakfast of (Hiking) Champions!

We all know it: breakfast is crucial. All the more so if you plan on hiking for many hours, probably carrying some extra weight on your back.

Your body needs fuel and it can't be just any kind of fuel. You need high-quality food that provides long-lasting energy, proteins, and healthy fats.

My Spanish adventure is drawing closer - it's just two weeks! As I'm preparing now for hiking in Catalonia, and all my gear and clothes are basically ready, I'm thinking a lot about food.

I need to be well prepared, especially that as a gluten-free hiker, my options are always limited and the trail I chose leads through some remote areas with no access to stores.

All this means it's time for me to prepare my most important food staple:

The Queen of them All: Oatmeal

Hiking Solo As Therapy. Hit the Trails, Introverts!

Living in the extroverted world

It’s an extrovert world, no way to hide it.

People surround us from everywhere. Employers require "people skills" and "team playing" as absolutely necessary and many office spaces look more like huge human beehives than cozy, quiet thinking spaces.

Many introverts have to compromise – they deal with people whole day, chatting, smiling and networking. They go back home drained of energy and only dream about a quiet evening with a book or favorite tv show.