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Healthy Habit #6: Making enjoyable workouts!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Iíve professed this here before: I have a love/hate relationship with exercise . . . I like to think I primarily hate it! I donít like to sweat and I donít like to exercise for the sake of exercise. And oh, how I dislike that word hate, so Iíll strive not to use it again here.

I have found several ways of working in quality fitness minutes to the point where I feel like Iím ďcheatingĒ a bit. To my fitness guru friends, youíll concur with that thought . . . and thatís okay. I have found several solutions that I actually find enjoyable:

1) I love Tai Chi! I can plug in a healing tai chi DVD and do a 50-60 minute workout that benefits my core balance. I like to call the pose below my Nepali pose.

2) I love my digital camera and am an amateur camera sleuth with the Bayside (Baptist) In Focus camera shutterbug group. Last summer, two of my portrait shaped photos were published in poster frames in the entranceway. Here's a lighthouse at the Duluth entry and the upper deck of the SS Meteor tour ship at Barker's Island.

3) I love nature. Thereís nothing like walking along Lake Superior Ė a lake so huge, it is shared by Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I like to think Iím but an echo away from my Canadian friends. Hereís the waterfront at Two Harbors with a Sri Lankan Family and walking the Duluth Lakefront:

4) I particularly love waterfalls, boat tours, and cruising (have taken four cruises).

My favorite form of fitness is walking in our many state parks with access to three state parks within a half an hour from me: waterfall therapy is one of my most incredible God times. Nothing like a little quality meditation to go hand in hand with a hike! Wintertime doesnít stop me as I zip to our woodsy state parks to enjoy the icy waterfalls and a little more snow on the ground. You'll see that I enjoy being a mentor and tour guide to my alma mater's international students and their families.

Amnicon Falls Wisconsin State Park (15 minutes east). This is the park I frequent just about every week Iím in the northland: (that's my hubby in the second photo one day after the area had flood rains):

Pattison (Manitou Falls) Wisconsin State Park (15 minutes south):

Split Rock Light House Minnesota State Park (1.5 hrs north)

Gooseberry Falls Minnesota State Park (5 minutes from Split Rock)

Big Bay Wisconsin State Park (1.5 hrs to Bayfield and a ferry to Apostle Islands)

5) When the weather is not conducive to walking, I plug in a DVD to walk with Leslie Sansone or one of a couple Coach Nicole DVDs -- I love that Coach Nicole provided moderate workouts for those times when moderation is called for.

6) Whether in the northern or the southern states, I'm seldom more than a few blocks or a mile from a major supermarket, so I enjoy walking outdoors when it's more of a functional walk.

I've never tried a treadmill, but something tells me it would become a place to gather clothes more than anything (besides, I have no room for it without a major decluttering). I do enjoy marching in place as I watch the evening news or talk at length on a mobile phone.

What's your favorite workout?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MISSFORTE 4/9/2013 7:58AM

    SWEET I love walking outdoors/biking when I can!

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NINJA-NED 3/8/2013 8:11AM

    i also love to hike. love your photos!

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COLT2008 3/7/2013 11:52PM

    emoticon I love visiting National & State Parks, and though I am in Wisconsin I have yet to visit those....

I love how you "sneak" exercise into your day.

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EATVEGAN 3/7/2013 11:49PM

    Your beautiful parks sure beat walking around my building several times. I'm going to venture out and see if I can find better places to walk when it warms up a little. Right now I don't want to get too far from home. But healing is happening.
Thanks for the beautiful pics. You always have such nice photos. emoticon

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READYBETTY 3/7/2013 10:47PM

    What beautiful photos to accompany your blog.

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WILSONWR 3/7/2013 9:11PM

    Great blog - I love the pictures! We actually visited some of those places in Minnesota on a trip we made the summer before last - it sure brings back memories. I love hiking in such scenery!

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    I love that your exercise comes with wonderful photos!!!!

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PHOENIX1949 3/7/2013 5:34PM

    emoticon Enjoyed seeing another part of the country.

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ADRIENALINE 3/7/2013 3:08PM

    To answer your question I am a brisk walking addict and I rarely drive to a place that I can easily walk to but the main thing I got from today's pictoral blog is that I love your sense of style. The hats and scarves you wear are always part of beautifully coordinated outfits. You always seem to look so perfectly put together, Evelyn. I envy you.

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ESILBO 3/7/2013 1:43PM

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LYNCHD05 3/7/2013 1:35PM

    Exercise has to be fun or we won't do it. I am happy you have found a way to enjoy moving. Your pics are great too.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/7/2013 11:58AM

    Beautiful pictures - and a fun way to exercise by enjoying nature.

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JLLOVETT 3/7/2013 11:17AM

    Such beautiful pictures! You look like you enjoy the outdoors and walking enjoying nature!


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GINGER_BEAR 3/7/2013 11:03AM

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I guess my favorite form of exercise is emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 3/7/2013 10:55AM

    Fantastic! The trick is to make working out pleasurable, whatever that means for you. You have so many great ways! I love it! And it seems you have access to incredible places for walking and taking photos. Lovely!

My guilty pleasures are watching great TV shows on my Ipad while running on the treadmill, reading health magazines while on the elliptical, and jogging in beautiful parks with friends. That makes it fun for me!

I also really love working out!

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