Take a Hike with a Friend (A #NationalGirlfriendsDay Post)

Take a Hike with a Friend (A #NationalGirlfriendsDay Post)

Warning – this post is going to be a photo dump of one of the most fun and physically active vacations I’ve ever taken.

Let me show you why spending a vacation hiking with your best friend is the best idea ever, even if your BFF isn’t the most athletic person in the world. 🙂

1. You can escape your crazy schedules and spend some quality time together, for once.

 

No emails. No jobs. No school. No responsibilities. Just you, your BFF, and nature.

Not to mention, you may have spent the last year living hundreds of miles away from each other and can’t wait to take 5 million selfies to show that you were actually together for once, albeit in a beautiful place.

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Photo by Brianna Kolota

2.  You take in some incredible views.

 

When you’re 90 and sitting in your rockers next to one another, you’ll be able to tell your grand kids about all the places you’ve visited together.

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Photo by Melissa K.

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Photo by Melissa K.

If you’re on a trail in the middle of the woods and find a huge fallen log, why not climb it and test your balance with some yoga poses?
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Photo by Melissa K.

 

4. You remember why you love your best friend, and get a pretty good leg workout in the process.

 

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Hiking up and down the side of a VERY rocky, VERY steep mountain for 3+ miles just to reach an overlook probably wasn’t my BFF’s favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but she did it for me anyway. And that’s one of the reasons I love her –  she always puts others before herself.

P.S. My BFF is deathly afraid of heights!

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Photo by Brianna Kolota

 

Closing Thoughts

 

On a more important note, as I get older, I realize more and more how influential you can be in the lives of those around you.

If you’re a physically active person by nature <— hello me, the adult with ADD, you probably don’t need someone to motivate you to be active, even if you’re on vacation. But for others, motivation is the problem.

That’s where I’ve realized I can make a difference. Suggesting “active” plans like hikes, runs, or stadium dates makes exercising something your friends look forward to rather than something you do because you should.

Endorphins make people happy. Sharing endorphins make for some happy, healthy friends and relationships.

Taking care of each other can be more than working out together too. Be accountable to one another for eating healthy, going to the doctor, getting checked for diseases, not smoking, driving safely, etc. I know females already talk about everything. It only takes a few seconds to send a text to remind your friend to eat her veggies, make that yearly check-up, get that mole checked out, or slow down on the roads.

If you’re like me, you probably have NO idea what appointments and check-ups to make each year. But have no fear, here’s a handy infographic about what you need to do each year throughout your life from my friends at Oscar Health Insurance. I know I’ll be using it when I make my doctor’s appointments this year!

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You  can find more info about #NationalGirlfriendsDay and Oscar Health Insurance by following@OscarHealth on Twitter and checking out the CDC’s Women’s Health page. If you’re interested in more on Oscar, check them out only to find out more about their health insurance in NJ and NY.

Until next time,
Brianna 🙂

 

Question:

  1. Have you ever taken an “active” vacation with friends or family?

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