EXERCISE - THE KEY TO ENHANCED NATURAL BEAUTY AND FEELING
ONE WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW
BY Marty Vyn Boennighausen
I spent years paying expensive dues to force myself to
attend aerobics classes and do the circuit of weight machines at
the popular athletic club, all with the purpose of "staying
in shape". The aerobics made my ankles hurt and my chest
pound. The club was noisy, not very clean, and smelled funny.
I have always loved the outdoors. When I met my husband,
Arthur, I finally found someone to share all the adventures
available in the great outdoors. Now I look forward to my
exercise time and actually enjoy spending much more time doing
it. I believe that a very regular exercise program
and a good diet will cure
most all physical and mental ills. Get with a
program and stay with it!!
Arthur and I are proud to say that our back yard is Rocky
Mountain National Park. No matter what the weather or temperature
is, the incredible beauty of the park is inspirational, clears
the mind, and helps us contribute to the universal soul.
I have put the following together in an attempt to help
women who are just starting out in mountaineering adventures. If
you have something you would like to contribute to the list,
please let me know!!
**GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND EQUIPMENT FOR
Here is a list that you probably will say, "I know
that", but maybe it will give you a gentle push in the right
direction or remind you of something you need to do.
- ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wear sun screen on every exposed
part of your body. Remember to put some on the back of
your hands, to help them stay young looking!
- Wear sun glasses to protect your eyes from snow
blindness, wrinkles, and possibly cataracts.
- Minimize make-up. Let your natural beauty show
through. The outdoors will give you a natural glow and
exercise will improve your circulation and therefore your
skin. Be confident and happy with yourself.
- When camping, keep yourself clean! A jump in a
mountain lake or stream is well worth the effort when
plumbing is not available.
- Pack out ALL of your feminine paper
- Perfume attracts bees. Bee stings are NOT fun in the
wilderness. Sings hurt like crazy the first several
hours, then itch for possibly days.
- Garlic repels mosquito and other bugs. I recommend
swallowing a garlic bud whole instead of garlic pills.
Ick? If you do this with a meal, I don't think you will
notice any bad side effects.
- Wear a hat with a visor. I like one with a chin strap
so it won't blow off in the wind.
- Wear shoes that fit. A little room at the end of the
toes is essential in a hiking and ski boot. For mountain
biking, I use an old pair of hiking boots.
- Got a blister? Your local drug store can supply you
with something call "Johnson & Johnson Water
Proof First Aid Tape", so you can continue your
hike, ski, etc..
- I am still searching for the perfect sock. Do you
know of one?
- If there is a potential for rain, (any time other
than winter!), carry a light weight hooded water proof
poncho that can be rolled up in your pack. You can get a
very inexpensive one at the Army/Navy Surplus store in
Boulder, Colo.. Having dry clothes can make or break your
- Layer your clothing and take a pack to carry to make
adjustments in what you are wearing as the temperature
- Invest in a good "day pack" for hiking and
- I like to use 2 Pantier packs on my mountain bike so
that I don't have to stuff everything in one. The extra
weight is not significant if you don't overdo it.
- Always have something to drink and a little snack in
your pack. Not letting yourself get dehydrated will make
a major difference in how you feel.
- Use some light weight "liner gloves" and
have some heavier mittens.
- I know you know that the longer you do anything, the
better and stronger you get at it and the more enjoyable
it is. So do it!
- Don't always look down. It is said that looking
forward and around you stimulates your "right
brain" functions, your creative center. It certainly
gives you a different perspective of the world. Just try
- I like this quote from Edward Abbey, " What most
humans really desire is ...: liberty, spontaneity,
nakedness, mystery, wildness, and wilderness".
When in the clear, clean, pristine mountain
environment, soak in the colors of your surroundings. Breath in
the fresh air more deeply that usual. Listen carefully to the
subtle sounds. Absorb all of this into your body and make it part
of your very being. Ask all of the natural surroundings to join
you and be part of your day. Thank Nature for being one with you.
Copyright (c) 1995 by Marty Vyn Boennighausen