I love walking outside in the winter. But in the summer I have to go ti the gym because I am so afraid of snakes. I walk on the track at the gym but now I am going inside I seen whete someone killed a couple outside so I am done.
Super article. I could take a trip around the world with the money I've wasted on gyms, exercise equipment, and DVD's. For some people those things work - not for me. I found my favorite exercises were right outside my front door. While I used to hike 2-3 X a week, a fall flat on my back has put the kibosh on taking long hikes up mountains - I still can do short ones in the desert (when the weather is cooler); walk on the indoor track and water jog in the pool at my rec center. I've also taken up Lawn Bowling - lot of lifting 3 lb. bowls, bending, and stretching with the plus of walking about 1 mile in the 2 hours it takes to play a game. Walking the dog is out for me because I usually wind up carrying my 20 lb. Pug after a couple of blocks - lol ! Oh, and ladies, don't forget we all get a pretty good workout doing our house cleaning and gardening!
This article is like my anthem, my soapbox, and practically what I tell everyone about why I don't like working out. It's wasting hours of my day for NO OTHER PURPOSE than to give my body some exercise. I was exercise to be a side effect of what I am doing, not the main purpose. Main reason I hate jogging right there. I'd much rather climb a mountain or go for a swim or bike to the bank than do a workout video or lift weights for half an hour.
I think this speaks to our 1st world society and culture--our lifestyle does not lend itself to allowing our bodies to function properly. We don't have to go fetch water from the well for our families and carry it up a hill, or walk 5 miles to the local market to get food and do it every day because we don't have a refrigerator to keep the food good. Our conveniences are killing us, almost literally. Our bodies are weaker and not as adept at fighting diseases because they are too busy trying to find places to store the fat and keep from kidney failure.
I recently adopted a dog, and WOW, what a great way to get outdoors and get moving. Just seeing the sheer joy on the face of my puppy is enough to get me outside. We went on walks all winter, through the snow and the cold, he loved it and so did I! I never thought I'd love being outside in the winter. Now that we can take our walks and jogs out in the lovely spring weather, it's even better! And -- for those days that I just don't feel like I want to get out -- well, I just can't disappoint that little guy! Being outside is the best!
Fun is a key ingredient for me for sure! I belong to a little club, so when I go, I get to chat with a lot of people that I know. My regular class notices when I'm gone and the coach will even e-mail to see if you're okay. The fun of being around people keeps me going. Oh, and outdoors? Bring it on! I can't wait for summer!
Lots of great inspiration in this article! Some of my friends DO like the gym, but I prefer getting exercise while also getting things done around our home. We heat with wood, so there is often splitting and stacking to be done. We also have a few acres, a good-sized garden, and animals that need tending. In nice weather, I'll often get together with friends for a brisk 5 mile walk to start off the weekend.
I loved this article!! Who needs expensive boring exercise equipment when we have the wonderful outdoors to enjoy!! After having my 2 bs child a little later on in life, I decided I needed to lose a bit of weight and get fit ready for the toddler years and onwards so that I can play with my son and this article has motivated me a bit more, just as I needed it, thankyou!!
I had a water fight with my three great nephews in their swimming pool. It went on forever and what fun it was! It was such great exercise! We ran around that pool and laughed and swam away from each other. We must have burned a zillion calories! I can't wait for our rematch in a couple of weeks!
4/22/2010 3:35:59 PM
Good article! I never go to the gym (cause I can't afford it!), but even if I did I would still go on walks. I try to go every day, doesn't always happen but I try. My biggest motivator, my baby girl, she loves being outside and in the stroller. I love being a good example and doing an activity with her, plus the stroller is added resistance!
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