August 7


Getting Ready to Hike: Find a Partner and Get out There!

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One important aspect of the Master Key Experience (MKE) is that you find out what you truly love. For me, hiking is at the top of the list.

There are so many fun ways for getting ready to hike.

I hope this blog shares my passion for this wonderful activity!

Find your Partner

Hiking is always better with a partner, and what better partner is there than your significant other? Sometimes your significant other cannot hike as long and far as you. That is when you decide beforehand on a distance and elevation gain that works for both of you.

Hiking can be more fun when you think of it as exercise. Exercising with someone you enjoy spending time with has shown that you hike farther and have more endurance when you have company. Whether walking a familiar path or exploring a new trail, enjoying the beauty of nature, and enjoying each other’s company. Plus, any shared experience will ultimately strengthen your bond and bring you and your hiking partner closer together.

Getting Ready to Hike

Here are some things you can do to get ready for that hike.

  • Go to the gym together. When you are there, there is no need for the two of you to do your own thing at the gym. Tell your partner they can help you by encouraging you during your workout, be your spotter, or maybe, stay motivated. They could also be your best critic or your worst nightmare! If possible, develop a workout routine, so you both know how to use the equipment.   Make sure you are familiar with each exercise and learn how to support your partner when in need of encouragement.
  • Working out at home together. There is never a requirement that you have to be at the gym to get a workout. You can do high-intensity interval training with your partner in your home or garage. Then follow up with an exercise from YouTube or another fitness app. Remember to cool down when you are through.  Them when you’re done, it’s time to make some refreshing and nutritious smoothies to enjoy together.  Personally, I prefer a shake powered by Leucine® which helps build lean muscle and burn fat. This is also available before or after your workout and before and after your hike.
  • Going for a run or fast walk. Getting some cardio is essential for your hike! Grab those sneakers and go for a run or attempt a 15-minute mile. Some of my hiking friends like to sign up for a 5K or half marathon and train for it together. To stay challenged, find a scenic path with sufficient elevation and distance to get a good workout. After the workout, enjoy an excellent breakfast, brunch, or another shake as your reward.
  • Try biking to your next date spot. Is there a restaurant or coffee shop you want to check out? Riding bikes there instead of taking the car can give you a nice change from the run/walk. You can take this time as an opportunity to explore the area afterward on your bikes. Biking is a great way to spend some leisurely time together exploring and turn those regular travel times into workouts. Biking allows you to go places with your partner or significant other that your car may be able to take you.
  • Taking a dance class. Maybe you will consider a dance class if you’re looking for something less traditional. Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up. Dancing is a fun workout that can be surprisingly challenging. It combines fitness with a romantic atmosphere if you’re so motivated. Sign up for salsa, swing, or any style you and your partner want to try. You will both learn a whole new skill and have fun in the process.

Do It Now

Hiking is the best way for anyone to get outdoors and spend time with your partner. It can be done at a more manageable pace. Whether walking a familiar path or exploring a new trail, enjoy the beauty of nature and each other’s company. Whether you are building your health or your relationship, working out together can do either. The next time you plan a hike, try one or all these interests with your partner and see what it does for the both of you. And finally—enjoy every moment you spend together.

To find your passion and more about the MKE, click on this link and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Read more articles by Wes Bartell

About the author

Wes Bartell has enjoyed life as a Naval Aviator, a career as a Software Engineer, and retired to become an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, it soon became complicated as to what his new role in life would be. Wes enrolled in the MKE course in 2019, and learned how to redefine his life and goals. Wes resides in Coarsegold, California, and is an avid Affiliate Marketing representative who enjoys helping other people be entrepreneurs. Wes became a Certified Guide for the MKE so that he can “pay it forward,” helping others to manifest their health and wealth.

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  • Wesley, your blog is sooo you!!! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing a part of you with the World!!! Keep up your greatness! Do what you believe and have faith in the process and watch your DMP become reality!

    Let’s do this together and create our life by design.

  • Great post, Wes! I’m so with you about the virtues of hiking; I especially love the connections with nature and with our hiking partner(s) that you mention, their effects are indeed magic for the mind and for the soul! Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks, Wes, for sharing your blog and for sharing your message of enjoying every moment together. The shared experience of preparing for the “hike” reminds me of the “MasterMind”. We know that no one makes it without one and the MKE is the best place to create that habit.

  • Thanks Wes, great ideas here to get both partners ready! I would add there is a special feeling of walking in solitude as well. For me, I don’t always want to be with a partner.

  • So many well-thought-out tips, Wes! I can well see your passion and I love your encouragement for us each to find and develop ours through the MKE habits like the “Do It Now” you mention. Food for thiught and ACTION!

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