The Easy Path
“No pain, no gain!”
“Go big or go home!”
We’re told that if we don’t push ourselves to the extreme, it’s not even worth trying. It’s important to push ourselves sometimes, but trying to live up to those phrases constantly sets us back more than moves us forward.
Few things make me feel better than getting my autistic son out for a steep mountain hike. After years of battling sensory obstacles just to get outdoors, long hikes are an accomplishment for him and our entire family. But some days, just getting fresh air and taking an easy stroll is enough.
If you know your day will be better by going out for a walk, but aren’t feeling at your peak, go where your energy level guides you. Taking the easy path is not only okay, sometimes it’s exactly what we need for our physical and mental health.
Listen to your mind and body, be kind to yourself, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Coyote Creek Boardwalk Stroll, offers a short, scenic stroll with Mt. Tam in view from a wooden boardwalk near Bothin Marsh in Mill Valley.
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Hike Notes 176: Coyote Creek Boardwalk Stroll
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