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Last week I took a day off work and hiked up Snowdon with a couple of friends. It was brilliant but also exhausting and I’ve decided I need to get in shape.
I used to do a lot of hiking. I must have been up Snowdon a dozen times before. But this time it almost killed me.
On numerous occasions I had to ask my friends to stop and wait for me. This was quite embarrassing. I managed to complete the route but by the time we finished I had pulled a muscle in my leg. I was under-prepared and although I enjoyed the day, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I normally would.
I still appreciated the scenery though, it’s unbelievable – in parts it looked more like the mountainous of a ski resort than North Wales:
I’m not making excuses but there are a few different routes up Snowdon and we picked a particularly difficult one. We did the first half of the ‘Snowdon Horseshoe’. The route takes you along a narrow ridge (this has claimed a few souls over the years) and there is quite a lot of climbing/scrambling involved as well as hiking, so it is a genuinely hard route. I also had a few beers the night before (which I deeply regretted!) and I slept badly. But all things considered, the main reason I struggled was simply because I’m out of shape. And this needs to change.
I spent most of my time sitting at a desk and while I love my job, this aspect of it isn’t healthy. I need to get back in shape.
So, here’s my plan:
A lot of entrepreneurs cite exercise as one of the best things you can do to stay productive (just ask Richard Branson!) so I’m hoping to see a positive impact on my business as a result of this.
I’m also hoping I don’t hold my friends up next time we climb Snowdon…