I never realized how many calories you can burn while camping. I haven’t gone camping since I was a little girl and even then I don’t think I was really camping. It was more like a getaway to the forest where my parents, their friends and I had a fire but I don’t think we ever stayed over night.
Our camping trip last week was a success! We were at the Ice House reservoir for two days and one night which was enough time to relax and enjoy nature. I can say that if people camped on a regular basis, they would not have a weight problem. Just setting up the tent was a major workout and some other things we did included:
- swimming in the lake – with an easy access to the lake, you can jump in there as often as you want and we all know swimming is a great exercise.
- hiking – I don’t mean just walking. I’m talking about getting lost in the forest, climbing rocks, climbing hills, etc. We took a 30 minute hike away from our tent which turned out to be a major cardio workout. We found ourselves climbing hills and rocks back and forth. I was more exhausted than I am after a good run!
- biking – okay so we did not bike but we thought about it a lot and it’s something I’d like to get into. I haven’t gone as far as purchasing a bike yet. Any recommendations?
Our dinner wasn’t exactly health oriented but with the amount of exercise we were doing, we didn’t care! We had s’mores for dessert; best dessert ever in my opinion!
After having this amazing camping experience, I hope to go camping in Yosemite next year with bikes.
What are some of your favorite camping spots and activities?