Hit the Trail Running (or Walking or Riding)

We all are familiar with the famous saying “hit the trail running” for a metaphor.  Well, this time I’m wanting you to take it in a literal sense.  I’ve written blogs about this in the past, but it never hurts to have a bit of reminder.  The weather the next few weeks is supposed to be WAY cooler than it has been here in Chico.  The first day of summer was just a few days ago…the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and there are trails all over Bidwell Park here in Chico.  Take advantage of all of these things and go get some exercise outside of the gym, soak up some Vitamin D and take a few deep breaths of fresh air.

We all have days off from the gym…go out and explore and get some activity in what nature provides us with.  Head out for a walk, a hike, a jog.  Find a big hill and walk up it (maybe few times for some interval training).  Find some rocks to climb around on and work your balance and coordination.  Then at the end jump in the creek to cool off and be invigorated by the cool water hitting your skin.  Go live life outside of the gym every now and then and remember why we work hard day in and day out…to feel better, to function better and to enjoy life!

Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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1 Comment

  1. Justin S.

    After seeing you come in from the creek this morning, I’m going to stick to hikes with my dog in the 100+ degree weather :) Awesome post! Always good to remind people to get out. We train in the gym, so we can do the important things, outside, in our daily lives.

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