0 to 90: How I Exercised on My Winter Vacation (?)

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Never in my life did I think the word vacation and the word fitness would enter into the same sentence together. Strike that. I guess I could have made an allowance if the word “from” was placed neatly in the middle. Vacation Fitness? How about Retirement Grindstone? Or Freedom Iron Shackles while we’re at it? 

Names of my new metal band aside, Lo! Behold! Vacation and Fitness hath occupied the same universe in these very last weeks, and it be a wonder to behold.

Yes, that's an actual volcano. And that Llama on the left is Facebook.

Yes, that's an actual volcano. And that Llama on the left is Facebook.

My family hitched down to Ecuador over the Christmas break. We ate. We slept. We stared into space. We stayed somewhere with no internet, just a Llama and a guy named Juan as our connection to the outside world. We slowed down.

Now, this is where things get interesting. In the midst of this slowed down existence, I noticed something strange. Opportunities for natural movement exercise came, and I was excited — actually excited — to take them. Rather new for me. I’ll let the slideshow take it from here.

Whole lotta nothin' for miles around. Oh, and chickens, and vegetables. And Guinea pigs.

Whole lotta nothin' for miles around. Oh, and chickens, and vegetables. And Guinea pigs.

"We're Guinea Pigs. Greetings, internet."

"We're Guinea Pigs. Greetings, internet."

And, here comes the request for physical labor. My (beastly) dad's aquaponics system needs volcanic rocks. And shovelers. And guys to strain out sand. But do I complain? Do I make excuses? I do not! I go straight for the shovel, thinking, "This could be fun!"

And, here comes the request for physical labor. My (beastly) dad's aquaponics system needs volcanic rocks. And shovelers. And guys to strain out sand. But do I complain? Do I make excuses? I do not! I go straight for the shovel, thinking, "This could be fun!"

Ezra refuses to let me have all the fun.

Ezra refuses to let me have all the fun.

I swear, if coach Noah could import these, we'd be doing them every week. 

I swear, if coach Noah could import these, we'd be doing them every week. 

That pile got a whole lot bigger by the end of the day.

That pile got a whole lot bigger by the end of the day.

Success! Tank filled! (Aquaponics are bonkers cool by the way).

Success! Tank filled! (Aquaponics are bonkers cool by the way).

So the cheapest way to eat in Ecuador is Paleo. Sometimes, on a cliff. Developing country, my tush. 

So the cheapest way to eat in Ecuador is Paleo. Sometimes, on a cliff. Developing country, my tush. 

Yep. Paleo. 

Yep. Paleo. 

We rounded out the trip with a little climbing.

We rounded out the trip with a little climbing.

It was going great until this happened at the Pit of Sarlacc!

It was going great until this happened at the Pit of Sarlacc!

So there you have it folks. Vacation. Fitness. They said it couldn't be done (well, I did, at least). But Lo, in these latter times, it hath come to pass.