Sometimes you just gotta climb that hill!

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It’s not just the exercise, it’s the mental health aspect

It was a little bit foggy, wet, windy and very cold and that was at the bottom of the hill we were looking up at. It wasn’t a terribly big hill, but I knew it would need considerable effort and some temporary pain. Whilst the rain splashed onto our jackets and the wind howled, Chris and I looked at each other and we simultaneously said, “do we really want to go up that in this weather?”  Oh yes ……. no pain, no gain! So, we went up the hill and it hurt. Up there, it was wetter, windier and much colder! However, the ‘euphoric high’ was worth it.  It was like medicine healing the mind.

Go on, climb that hill!
top of the hill
we made it
such a mental boost just being here

The ‘euphoric high’ is kicking in!

Whatever your ‘hill’ is, two of the common elements required to ‘climb it’ are motivation and willpower. However, if you’re fighting cancer and you’re being affected by the symptoms or the side effects of treatment, it can be easy to opt to stay within your ‘comfort zone’ even though you know the ‘hill‘ might do you some good. I suspect this is a common predicament for a cancer patient, do I ‘climb that hill’ or do I walk away? Sure, I walk away from the “hill” occasionally, but I try not to make a habit of it.

My personal hill metaphor is actually a hill but yours can be something else as described above. Just do something hard! 

Go and climb that hill!

Please also read “The 5 E’s of my daytrip” (the other 5 E’s)click here.  I also invented “The 6 E’s” read that here

after I caught my breath
The original post was featured by Macmillan Cancer Support
Sometimes you gotta climb that hill even if it hurts
Sometimes you gotta climb that hill, even if you get wet!
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6 thoughts on “Sometimes you just gotta climb that hill!

  • Kerry Bainbridge

    Hi Ronny,
    I am a 42 year old mum of two. I lost my lower left love to NET cancer last April. Since New Year I have been using the Couch to 5K running app to improve my fitness. I hope to be able to run 5K by the first anniversary of my lung opp. I live in Yorkshire and the hills are a killer!

    Best Wishes
    Kerry Bainbridge

  • Love this post, Ronny! I know exactly what you mean. My latest “hill” was a 10 day tour of Israel during which we did a lot of walking and climbing. At Bet She’an in Galilee, where we climbed 163 stairs (yes, I counted) to look down on the amazing ruins below and the view beyond, I was reminded how fortunate I am to still be able to do such things. I will not give up and hide out in my comfort zone!

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