I hope that you’ve all been enjoying a restful and pleasant weekend.

My girls were away this weekend, visiting with Julie’s family in Spokane. Not sure what to do with myself while flying solo for the weekend, I decided to go for a long solo hike in NH’s White Mountains.

There has always been something about the wilderness and mountains that calls to me. I can feel my blood pressure drop noticeably within a few minutes of heading out on a trail.

I regularly daydream about being like John Muir, roaming around an unspoiled paradise like California’s Sierras and Yosemite in the late 1800’s. Here’s one of my favorite quotes of his:

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. 
Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.

Wash your spirit clean.

The mountains are calling and I must go.

Not sure where your heart and spirit calls you. Maybe it’s the ocean (thinking of my RI friends and family) or wide open prairies of the West (thinking of my friends in Kansas, Texas, OK, and the Dakotas who are reading this).

If you feel that same pull to the mountains, I think you’d enjoy Muir’s books. He was a prolific writer. That’s primarily how he supported himself and his family.

Well, wherever your weekend took you, my hope is that you had a great one and that your hard won Functional Fitness made it possible and enjoyable.

Be strong, have fun!

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.