Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely HATE running... I really feel bad when people talk about how awesome it is to run a marathon, half marathon, 5K, or any running event because of how rewarding it is. Coming from me, I cannot comprehend spending money to run any distance no matter what. At the same time a few of my friends who talk to me about how amazing it is to run cannot comprehend why I would hike for miles up and down rough terrain chasing animals who's 5 senses are ten times better than mine are. With that said I don't stop anyone from running their fulfilling races, but the last thing I want to do is join them.
The only problem with what I mentioned above is that if I depend on hiking in the mountains for my exercise I am definitely not going to be in good enough shape for hunting season. At the most right now, I am only able to get out on a real hike maybe once a week... if that... which is not going to get me where I need to be come elk season! With hunting season right around the corner and my belt line getting tighter and tighter I've decided I need to get busy!
I've decided to start riding my bike at least 4 times a week and increasing the distance every bike ride. It may not be as good of a work out as jogging/running, but statistically I am more likely to stick with it if I am doing something I enjoy rather than doings something just for the sake of losing weight or getting in shape.
If anyone has any other suggestions for cardio workouts without buying a gym membership let me know and I'll be sure to give them a shot.