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Power Walk with the Butterflies in Santa Barbara

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

By now you probably know that we totally espouse (that’s a dating site, right?) making exercise part of a FUN life. Even though we teach group fitness indoors, for extra fun we go for walks.

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An ORANGE Monarch Butterfly

Where are you hiding, butterflies?

We took this video of our walk through a butterfly grove in the Santa Barbara area. We are hoping to entice you all to make a visit here! We’ll take you on a walk AND invite you to our exercise classes!

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Exercise Tip #1: Strolling through a butterfly grove and along the ocean counts as exercise.

Exercise Tip #2: You don’t have to sweat to be active.

Exercise Tip #3: Go with a friend (and possibly a video camera) to make it more fun.

Bonus Santa Barbara tip: Here is information about the butterfly season and grove from our local paper.

Readers: What are some of your favorite walking spots?

Photo credit: Randy son of Robert

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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14 Responses to Power Walk with the Butterflies in Santa Barbara

  1. Calla Gold December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Great tip for a healthy approach to life, and what a gorgeous spot to get started in!

    And I appreciate your advice to park the car. I suppose it wouldn’t go over well if I drove through the grove.
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  2. Amy December 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Love that side plank with leg lift! Woo hoo!
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    • AlexandraFunFit December 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      Somehow I knew you’d like those Amy! They are one of my favorite moves because they make me feel young and strong! Which I am, dang it!
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  3. Tamara December 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Love, love, love your butterfly walk!
    I visited the preserve in the mid 90′s when my husband and I were meeting colleagues at the University. What a beautiful place to live!
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    • AlexandraFunFit December 24, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      Well, Tamara, the butterflies would love another visit from you! You can combine it with coming to one of my classes at the U. And we are at the top of the Pass so have a great view of everything!
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  4. Business and Life Coach December 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Love you guys for encouraging us to get out and appreciate nature and get some exercise while you are at it! You are called “fun and fit” for a good reason!
    Appreciatively,
    Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
    http://www.LynnKJones.com
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  5. John Poole December 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I once saw a documentary about this huge monarch butterfly migration, all the way from Canada to South America, that takes place each year. The Canadian monarchs basically “winter” in South America, then migrate back as the seasons change again. Could it be the butterflies in your preserve are a part of that migration and are simply resting there before they move on???

  6. Vaughn Council January 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    That place looks amazing! You must really enjoy being able to spend time there.
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  7. Daisy January 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Impressive! We’re doing the side plank in our Pilates class and you have shown me ways to spice up this move once I fully master the basic side plank.
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      That’s great Daisy. And now I’m inspired to plan another video showing variations for the side plank as there are quite a few. Some of them are more fun than others!
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  8. madphoto.com January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I have Power Walk to the Butterflies in Santa Barbara 4 times this week trying to get the most beautifull Butterflies photo of them… finally my 4th try was the best. It was great excercise.
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  9. AlexandraFunFit January 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey gorgeous Madeleine, Wow, please let us know when/ where your butterfly pics will be shown so we can share the info on our Facebook fan page. We know for a fact (from personal experience) that you are an amazing photographer!
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