My current fitness line-up involves a healthy mix of yoga, body-weight strength and flexibility training, ballet, and pilates. But my favorite way to get in a little movement has, and will always be, a good ol’ fashioned walk.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of my walks as EMPOWERMENT sessions. Here’s how:
For about the first two-thirds of my outing I listen to a podcast that gets me fired up. It could be about politics, business, or holistic health. (Call Your Girlfriend is one of my faves and I totally recommend it as an empowering walking companion!) Then, for the last third, I pump up the jams and my pace and just STRUT. IT. OUT. Think: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Fergie feat. Nicki Minaj. (Go wild, do you, etc.)
What streams through your earbuds when you go for a walk (or jog)? Do you like to get in a little learning with a podcast or do you prefer carefully curated playlists? Leave some recommendations of favorites below!!
P.S. How to ditch your gym membership and how to make your own fitness challenge (for totally free).
In 1977, lady-adventurer Robyn Davidson set out on a 1,700 mile journey across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She was accompanied only by 4 camels, her dog, and the occasional aid of indigenous Australians. Photographs of her journey, taken by Rick Smolan, would later appear in a 1978 issue of National Geographic, when her story would take flight and become of considerable interest, especially to women. This story was adapted into a film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. Take a look…
The movie is available for streaming on Netflix, so definitely check it out if you get the chance. As you may know, I think the adventures and travels of women are of utmost importance for us to consider, examine, and enjoy.
Below, are some of the original photos, taken by Smolan, of Davidson’s journey. National Geographic was always a favorite of mine to flick through as a kid. We had a pretty hefty collection of back-issues at my house as well as an even older collection at my grandparents. I would KILL to get my hands on an original copy of this issue. (I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes out at the Peddler’s Mall this summer…never know what diamonds in the rough can be found there.)
What a badass, right? P.S. Her dog’s name was Diggity which I’m obviously obsessed with.
Check out Davidson’s book “Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback” HERE.
Check out a compilation of Smolan’s original photographs of the journey in “From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback” HERE.
And watch Smolan talk about his experiences in Australia with Davidson HERE.
What’s your favorite adventure story? Is it real or fiction? Would you consider a friend embarking on a journey across Australia a hero or an idiot?
(All photos by Rick Smolan for National Geographic.)