From the LA Times: RuPaul made a name for himself as a drag diva in the 1990s, but recently he’s replaced sashaying with hiking. The 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it’s had on his life.
How did you get into hiking?
It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself. I had friends who would say, “Let’s go on a hike,” and for a while I said no, but then I just changed. If I want to achieve longevity I needed to clean up, and hiking was the doorway to getting out there and getting in touch with my body’s needs, both emotionally and spiritually.
“How has your life changed since you picked it up?
I feel great throughout the day because I’ve gotten so much done so early in the morning. I’m 51 years old, and I feel stronger today than I have in my whole life.
It’s also good to experience what a body feels like when it’s working at its full capacity. Your lungs are actually doing what they’re supposed to do.
This is also my time to meditate and to clear my head, work out issues and listen to music and actually get a good workout also.
By hiking, I really fell in love with Los Angeles.
The fact that you can be in one of the most major metropolitan cities in the world and then be in the wilderness, five minutes from the busiest street in the city, is incredible. It’s a great way to center myself in one of the biggest cities in the world.
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