I lift weights in the gym with some frequency. But I don’t do it for aesthetic reasons. For me, it’s not about looks.
And though I read lots about the advantages of women doing strength training and maintaining muscle mass and bone density as we age, I don’t think much about that either.
I love my strength though.
This past weekend I was camping with bloggers and friends Susan, Cate, and Sarah (also with Susan’s mom, daughter, and dog). Here’s the four bloggers!
As one of the few groups of women out there in the wild, I think we all gloried a bit in our collective strength.
I loved being able to get my canoe on and off the roof of the car. I loved being able to lift the heavy pack which contained tents, food, sleeping bags, clothes, etc.
I loved running up and down the large hill behind our campsite where the privvy was located. We dubbed it “Pee Mountain.”
I loved being able to paddle without getting tired.
Being strong allows you to do super cool things, like canoe camping in Algonquin Park.
But it wasn’t all about movement. Some of the time I hung out in the hammock and read a PhD thesis. Because that’s also what professors do on holiday!
How about you? What do you like about being strong? What’s your favourite thing strength allows you to do?