Fitness Challenge : 365 hikes in 2023

shadow figure standing on the beachNew year, same me…

Unfortunately, the start of a fresh new year doesn’t automatically bring me better motivation, discipline and mindset.

So I came up with a hiking challenge for myself:

365 days of hiking in 2023, to hit my fitness goal by walking daily.

My hiking journal of 2023 on Instagram

I know myself well – just declaring to myself that, starting today, I will do a daily walk every day of 2023 isn’t enough. I need external pressure, witnesses to keep me on the right path.

So here I am, on the 21st of January, publicly committing to do a daily hike throughout this year. And posting a picture of that walk on @hikingbacktohealth on Instagram…

(Considering that I only posted 34 times on Instagram during last year, this is a huge challenge on its own!)


My first reel ever : my winter morning beach hike

sunny winter day on beach in Zeeland
This morning before breakfast I was on the beach.

A perfect winter day: sunny, crisp, cold, clear.Β  Almost nobody in sight, apart from 2 dog owners.

A recipe for instant happiness.

When I came home I felt so recharged that I had the courage to try something new, so I made my first reel on Instagram, which turned out to be really easy. It makes me wonder why I avoided it for so long…

(I noticed that portrait and landscape photos in one reel don’t work very well together, so in my next reel I won’t mix formats)


Planning my week to improve my chance to reach my goal

If I don’t plan things out, nothing happens.

I am easily distracted, and on top of that I have an agenda full of appointments for the upcoming weeks. So it is super important to block time in my agenda on a daily basis to get my walk training done.

Tomorrow, Sunday 22th of January, I will be hiking on the beach again, this time with a friend. The rest of the week is more challenging, but at least I already blocked time for my hikes.

Weekends are ideal for planning

Weekends are great : More time for hiking, for connecting with friends and family, but also time to plan ahead and think things through. It’s worth protecting.

Recently I decided to block more time for my personal goals and dreams. No more running from one appointment to another. Preferably only one social appointment a day.

On top of that, I am now planning my hikes for upcoming week in the weekend. Wish me luck in actually walking them πŸ˜‰

4 thoughts on “Fitness Challenge : 365 hikes in 2023”

  1. An absolutely great challenge, Kadanza! As you know, I love personal challenges. It is such a great way to crawl into a habit. And it really doesn’t matter whether you start on January 1st or any other date.

    I started my daily-collage-challenge in August last year. And as much as it is a challenge for you to keep on going, it is a challenge for me to not be too rigid. When I had covid, I still got out of bed in the beginning to make a collage. Until at some point, I finally convinced myself that I could be lenient with myself. πŸ˜‚

    I am looking forward to seeing the pictures on Instagram. The Dutch beaches are sooo beautiful. Take care and yes, you can do it. πŸ˜€

    • Dear Hannie, your wonderful collage challenge, that I follow with great pleasure and admiration on Instagram, actually gave me the idea to start a 365days challenge on a random day 🀩

      And yes, we are on opposite ends of the flexible – rigid scale πŸ˜…

      I really believe that sharing on social media helps for my commitment -let’s see what it will bring me.

      And well done, giving healing and recovery priority for a short time- at least you don’t have to worry about getting back in the saddle when it comes to discipline and commitment. I envy your determination 😘

      • Ohhh, I am so happy I inspired you. πŸ˜€ Usually, it’s the other way around – you inspire and have inspired me in the past for a great deal, so I am happy.

        I am sure posting on social media will help you. I hope you will post photos as well as reels. I am old-fashioned and hate the reels πŸ˜‚ so I hardly ever look at them!

        Keep up the good works ❀️

        • yeah, I am not a big fan of most reels myself, but some reels are nice to view. And the algorithm loves them… πŸ˜‰

          Today I ‘hiked’ to the doctors office, 18 minutes one way, so just over half an hour. Not brilliant, but sometimes it’s better to do a half hike then to break the habit!
          I forgot to take a picture though. Let’s see of I can fix it, for day 4/365


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