Life, Fitness

For the Love of Kayaking

Ever need to take a few hours and just recenter yourself? It’s been about nine months since I’ve been on the water. Granted that was when I was in Florida, kayaking with the manatees in Crystal River. Which by the way, that day was not the normal crystal clear water. So seeing anything was next to impossible. I was also with a group of people, including two of my friends.

This trip I went with a my yoga loving friend. It was her first time kayaking, and she did awesome! There were a few quiet moments. And of course I was the one to get stuck in a sand bar. The water was ridiculously low. Trees and stumps that are normally covered were out in the open. It was a nice trip. Definitely can't wait for the next one. 

ormally, I don’t take my phone with me while I’m on the water. The main reason being… water+me+phone=disaster. I mean I was lucky when it landed on the floor and not in the toilet of a Home Depot. I did bring my phone with me this time and kept it in this little plastic pouch to keep it from getting wet. Anyway, all of these photos are from what I call my crash camera. It is meant for my rugged wear and tear. Can go thirty feet underwater, won’t break from a seventy five foot drop. Shit. I need a phone like that!

Being on or near the water has always given me mental freedom. If that makes sense. Maybe it was from all of the years of living in Florida or going to Michigan with my dad. But being by the water calms me, it centers me. It helps me refocus. Rebuilds me mentally.

Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone finds their peace in something. For some people it’s running. Others hiking. For me, it’s lifting and kayaking. Sometimes boxing. Between work, home, and everything that goes on outside of all of that. Our minds are so busy. Thinking about anything and everything all at the same time. So it’s nice to lose yourself in something. The best thing you could ever do is find the one thing that keeps you, you. The one thing you enjoy doing and find the time to do. Even if it’s once or twice a year.

What helps center you?


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Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this September when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!