Recently, two of our Australian contingency undertook foot odysseys. Star Sapphire Director and Naturopath Nikola Wilkie marched beachside next to thunderous waves down the coast of western Victoria, Australia, and AIM Australian General Manager, Melinda Lewis walked through the Southern Alps, and both were powered by AIM products.
I walked 115km (71 miles) of the Great Ocean Walk along the coast line of western Victoria. It was a moderate walk with some difficult stretches. Carrying my own water for the day, food, and clothing ready for a change of weather was heavy enough to make me sink deeply into the sand along the beaches. In preparation for the walk, I had only been doing two laps at the Red Arrow, a popular hill circuit in Cairns, three or four times a week. Not much really, so I was expecting to suffer a bit during the seven-day walk.
I started each morning with AIM’s BarleyLife®, Just Carrots®, and RediBeets®, a heaping teaspoon of each and mid-morning another Garden Trio®, mid-afternoon another one. Each night, I slept well—after a 20km (12 miles) walk up hill and across sandy beaches, who wouldn’t?—and woke refreshed and bright. I was a bit stiff in the joints as I got out of bed on the first day, but after that I was amazingly good. I had plenty of energy, was alert and not too tired. My feet were worn out at the end of the day but by the next morning, I was good to go again.
I am so impressed with the effect of the juices. They kept my lactic acid levels low, the inflammation levels of my under-used joints as almost un-noticeable, my energy up and my mind alert. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Each year I participate in a walking holiday, and this year was a twelve-day adventure to the Southern Alps bordering France and Italy. I was with a group of eighteen, and we walked up to 18km (11 miles) per day with altitude increases of up to 950m (3,117 ft). Most days our walks started in towns and villages that were around 1200m (3,937 ft) above sea level.
After five days of walking, I witnessed the group’s fitness levels increasing. The steeper ascents didn’t feel as arduous. Keep in mind that to participate in one of these tours, a good degree of fitness and health is required. Strength and resistance training is also needed. We were up around 2900m (9,514 ft), and some parts of the walk were so rough and steep that some walkers would take as little as five steps and would be out of breath.
On the last day, we visited the peak of Mt. Blanc. Of the eighteen, only two of us were able to walk up and down steps and around the viewing platform—3842m (12,605 ft) above sea level— without becoming breathless or suffering from dizziness. Most other visitors struggled with the altitude. Also, it was amazing to watch members of the group downing multiple cups of Italian espressos to get them started each day. I didn’t feel the need for this. I took an AIM Red Rush™ nitric oxide performance shot one hour before our walks commenced. The beauty of it all was that a twelve-pack of Red Rush fit perfectly in my suitcase.