SAN ANTONIO – Throughout this ‘New You’ series, we’ve shown you ways you can get healthy and active. That idea may have led me to find ‘San Antonio Plus Sized Women Hiking,’ but as I met them for a hike at Eisenhower Park, I quickly learned this group is much more than that.
For most of these women, it’s more of a social group than anything else — just time to bond with like-minded women.
“I do this primarily to socialize. Getting active is just like a byproduct,” said hike leader Kristina Dim.
Dim moved to San Antonio a few years ago from Alaska where she first found a love for hiking and the outdoors. Upon the move, she knew she wanted to join a hiking group to keep that hobby growing. But she never knew she’d find a group so welcoming and inclusive.
“It was a lifeline for me because I’m retired. So I didn’t have any way to socialize. And the fact that this hiking group is just a group of ladies meant that I could really just kind of open up and be myself,” Dim said.
Maricruz Zarate is the founder of the group, who created it with one mission in mind.
“We are body positive and inclusive to all women, no matter the size. We focus on movement and community while encouraging ladies who join us to step out of their comfort zones. We are NOT about weight loss but about having fun in the body you are in,” Zarate emphasized. “We believe you belong outside in the body you have now and you don’t have to alter anything about yourself to feel the goodness that nature wants to reveal to you.”
According to my fitness tracker, we trekked 3.5 miles in two hours at what Dim referred to as “a nature-admiring pace”.
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