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Discovering my backyard

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I have gotten out of the habit of going to the gym after work. There are several reasons for this.

First, the whole college thing. Sure, I told myself when I graduated (almost a year ago) that I couldn't wait to go back. And yes, I have gone some. But I haven't made it consistent because of reason 2.

My pets. Over the past few years, we have gone from a 1-dog family to a 3-dogs-and-2-cats family. Since I work all day, I try to spend plenty of quality time with them when I'm not working. Really, it's like having small kids again. Anyway, I usually rush straight home so I can let them outside for playtime. So I thought, why not combine quality time with activity. Radical thought, I know, since, oh, millions of people do this everyday. Anyway, on days with sunshine and reasonably warm temps, I have been going home, letting the dogs and cats out, changing into walking shoes and then going outside and using my backyard as a walking track. Now, we have a pretty good-size backyard, so this works for me. It takes about 1 3/4 minutes to walk all the way around the yard. So, I just walk around it about 15 times, or about 30 minutes. The dogs gambol beside me, I pet the horses on the way, give our neighbors' dog a couple of treats and keep an eye on the cats to make sure they don't run away.

I actually get a pretty good workout, since our backyard is not completely level. I get a bit of uphill/downhill walking which increases the intensity. I'm loving this, esp. since we have been enjoying more sunshiny, spring-like days.

For now, my plan is to walk at home during the week and go to the gym on Saturday and Sunday, when I already get to spend plenty of time with the furkids.
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