It’s no secret that the high altitude of places such as Colorado elevate your heart rate and make you huff and puff a bit harder than if you were at sea level. We stayed in a three-story condo while in Durango, Colorado. Some of my family members complained that they were out of breath each time they climbed the stairs. I said it felt like I was getting in mini workouts all day long, so I didn’t really mind.
I definitely felt the elevation when we went hiking. Granted, I had an extra 25 pounds on my back since I was carrying William, but still. Especially going up the mountain, my heart rate was so fast and I was breathing really hard. It’s amazing the workout you can get in the mountains!
One quiet morning, I decided to sneak out while William was napping. I jogged to a nearby set of stairs at the resort and went to climb the stairs for my workout.
Oh baby, it was tough! I think I lasted about 20 minutes which was plenty for me. I alternated the way I climbed the stairs. First, I jogged each step as I went up, then the next time up, I stepped on every other step which adds a new dimension. I couldn’t go as fast that way, but my quads and calves sure were burning!
My dad went out for a walk and snapped the photos of me.
Then, apparently my dad turned into my trainer because when I had enough stairs, he told me to follow him. He led me to a giant hill and made me run up it. I had to side step on the way down, so I didn’t bite the dirt… which I was close to doing!
Just for fun and so I could take a break at the top, I did a couple of cartwheels.
And if I wasn’t already tired enough, I tried out my split jump.
I was tired by the end. We headed back to the condo, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do just one more handstand while in Colorado!
Working out in Colorado is a big game – so much fun to play around while being active!
Do you workout while on vacation? What do you do?