I've never been big on the “fitness scene,” and I think it's largely because I'm turned off by the amount of accoutrements that it requires. Whatever happened to a natural workout?

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I like cute fitness attire as much as the next person, but there's something wrong when heavy machinery, chemical supplements and specially-ordered accessories are viewed as a prerequisite to a healthy life.

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For me, getting out and experiencing the world is the natural workout I crave.

Let's take steps, for once, without counting them.

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I don't claim to be any sort of health expert, but I've become extremely familiar with my own body after having three kids in a row and watching myself go up-down-up-down-up-and-down-again on the scale as I pass life on to other people and refocus on my own. Without a doubt, I'm confident that the diet and exercise plan that works best for me is the unstructured one. My hay bale-tossing, farm-working, out-in-the-universe natural workout inspires me to keep going.

“Is that even a real yoga pose?” Nate asks me.

No idea.

“Are you supposed to be doing this in jeans?”

Probably not.

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My running skills are just as bizarre as my yoga efforts, gangly and awkward like a child. I don't care, though. I feel free out on the trail and that's what I'm after. A heady release of endorphins surges through my body and I embrace feelings of happiness and strength.

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Training your body to crave that feeling is all that matters in fitness; finding your own way to move on a regular basis and rejecting the way other people say you're “supposed” to be doing things.

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As long as you're working up a sweat, encouraging proper posture and not causing injuries, you're doing it right.

What steps do you take to embrace the “natural” in a natural workout?