I like watching Game of Thrones as much as the next guy. But if I don’t stop myself, I can really get addicted to that show.
We get hooked on series so easily, and now have access to more TV than we could ever handle in a lifetime. Movies have flooded Netflix, keeping us busy for hours—and often days.
Then there’s the multitude of video and PC games that keep us seated for longer than health experts recommend.
Don’t you think it’s time we got back on our feet and explored our world a little?
I’d like to pose a challenge to anyone in Denver between the ages of 18 and 25. This challenge involves five activities that you must complete within six months.
Once you’ve done an activity, leave a comment and tell us about it. Let’s go live it the way the state of Colorado intended!
Climb the Rocky Mountains
Rock climbing isn’t one of those skills that take years to master. You can learn to rock climb within a few weeks.
Join a good outdoor club and get comfortable with the equipment and feel of this activity. Once you’re comfortable, take your gear outdoors and drive down to the Rocky Mountains.
Get together with one of many rock climbing groups in your area. These groups will guide you on your first outdoor climb. There are some really beautiful rocks out here in Colorado, and some of them were made for rock climbing.
This is an experience you’ll never forget. And if you feel like you’re getting addicted to it, that’s less time on the couch and more in the fresh air.
Learn to Ski
Nobody thinks about snow when you mention Colorado. But in the winter months—soon coming up—skiing will be a keen activity for some.
It’s during this several-week-gap that I want you to contact a skiing instructor. Get some courage together and learn how to ski. You’ll be happy you did when next winter comes around.
This activity is best done with your friends. So be sure to share this article with them and get them amped for this challenge too!
Cruise the Rocky Mountain Trail
I’m not sure if you know this, but there’s a massive Cruiser community in Denver, and they are always looking for people to join them.
Cruisers can be hired during these rides, so you don’t have to own one to join in on a weekend ride through the Rocky Mountains.
But hopefully, you’ll get so addicted to cruising that you decide on buying one of your own.
Cycling is one of the best exercises you can do. Spend a Saturday meeting new people and riding with them across your beautiful state. I have no doubt that you’ll be back again after seeing the benefits of it.
Learn to Drive a Sportscar
Driving the canyons of Colorado is a privilege millions across the world wish they had. And you do have that privilege.
Make the best of this advantage by experiencing it at least once in your life. You’ll create a permanent memory and always relish the thrill you had.
Driving experts will hire you a sports car or racing car and then show you how to navigate yourself through the canyon roads. You’ll be given professional tips that will help you drive better and with more confidence.
Plus you’ll have the life experience of knowing the power of a sports car! There’s nothing like it.
Take a Hike
Hiking is deeply meditational. It also builds character—more than watching an episode of The Simpsons anyway.
You have access to the some of the best hiking trails the world has to offer. If you go at the right time (or with specialized tours) you will see majestic sunsets amongst the Rocky Mountains—and that’s something that will never leave you.
Learn Fly Fishing
Colorado is known for its fly fishing and I included it in my challenge for three important reasons:
- It’s challenging. The process is long and intricate, and the chances of catching a trout are not always very high.
- It takes patience. You may have to cast several times before you actually catch anything.
- It takes skill. Casting is not as easy as some fishermen make it look. Getting it right is a long trial-and-error process. I want you to work at it though; it’s worth it.
As part of this challenge I want you to go fly fishing at least once after you’ve learned how. Go by yourself or with friends and family. Your goal is to catch a fish—or at least try.
See Denver from the Sky
Instead of watching adventure on television, let’s experience it for ourselves!
There’s nothing I like better than floating across the Denver sky in a hot air balloon. It’s almost medicinal in its ability to help me see the world from a different perspective.
I made this part of my challenge not for its physical benefit, but its mental benefit. It’s a great way to unwind after you’ve completed all the other activities. For the apprehensive ones among us, this may be the perfect one to start with—just to calm your nerves a little.
There are several hot air balloon rides available in Denver. This is one of the nicest states to ride a balloon over because of the Rocky Mountain view—which so many of us take for granted. So go an enjoy your world. It’s waiting to be explored.
Seven activities. Six months. No excuses.
Are you up for this Denver challenge? Grab some of your friends and get them to participate with you.
Drag your nerdy friends away from their computer screens. Get your girlfriend to miss a few of her favorite soap opera episodes. It’s time to get outside. It’s time to retain our youth with some healthy activities that are tailored for Denver’s young adults.
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