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Being Outside

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I got married in May, quit my job, and moved to a new state. The new start seemed like a great opportunity to try to get into better shape, so we joined a gym. That's been going fairly well, although I tend to experience flashbacks to high school gym class misery while we're there (I know people aren't pointing and laughing at me, and yet I still can't convince myself otherwise).
I think my saving grace has been the great park system out here. The parks are all over the place, so it's easy to pick up and head over to one for an hour or a day of walking on paved paths or exploring nature trails.
I've been outside more in the past seven months than I have in the past four years.
I read a book recently by a man who said he tries to spend a least half an hour a day outside because that's where people were meant to be, and I agree with him.
If you can find the time, give it a try. Step outside the office (or the gym) and (assuming you don't reside somewhere smog-laden) just breathe. Take a moment, and experience what it's like to actually be outside. It's an easy thing to disregard on your way from Point A to your car to Point B and back.

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PEPPYPATTI 12/2/2012 11:18PM

    I started walking just because I love to be outside. Way to go on joining a new gym! You are already well on your way!
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