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Willingness and Walking

Thursday, May 17, 2018

As it gets hotter here and the drought continues, it is getting ridiculously hot outside by noon. For May, it's pretty insane (already over 100 most days). I had gotten very happily accustomed to a half hour walk every day at lunch, but walking in this heat has been less appealing!

I do work on a college campus, so there are plenty of buildings and pathways around me. I initially started out only walking hallways in my own building, so it is not totally unfamiliar to me. And I do still take my morning walk outside, wandering pathways around buildings and enjoying the glorious greenery, trees, squirrels and birds all around me. Morning walks are very meditative for me, plus, hey, exercise!

However, I wanted a longer "track" now for my noon walk, and indoors is appealing again in the heat. Lucky for me, the library is across the street and just under a block away, and it's six stories!! After some exploration, I've discovered I can elevator up to the top floor (no, I'm not up to climbing six consecutive flights of stairs just yet), and walk my "indoor track" through each story, taking the stairs on the way down. I've always loved libraries, and it's fun to see all the books, and at noon in the summer, fewer students in the study carrels (to offend with the fact that my walking partner and I like to chat while we walk!)

And on weekend mornings, I walk all over my neighborhood, having found two "tracks" or paths that fit my half hour. Despite a couple of aggressive dogs that would really like to come through the fence at me, it's an inspiring and uplifting thing for me to walk every day! I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I don't miss a single day!

For the summer I truly feel like I have the best of both worlds, indoor and outdoor walking, stairs, terrain, changes in scenery!! It's awesome.

What do you do to change it up?
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  • LINDA!
    I actually go to the gym several days per week. I do different activities there but really enjoy classes. As for walking, I enjoy the outdoors but yes, it is pretty hot now.

    Keep up your great work.
    552 days ago
    I walk a new way about every one or two months just to change it up.
    552 days ago
    553 days ago
    Good for you for finding a way to get your walks in while avoiding the heat! When I was working downtown we had skyways that connected most all of the buildings in the downtown area. It was wonderful because in the winter when it was too cold I could walk miles through the skyway system. Same when summer came and it was too hot to go outside. I actually miss that so much because now winter walks aren't much fun and if I don't get out before 9 a.m. in the summer I pretty much don't go at all!

    So Daisy and I have gotten into the habit of walking first thing in the morning. It's a great way for us to start the day.
    553 days ago
    I love walking myself.
    553 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    Sounds like great opportunities.
    553 days ago
    Love walking just wish there were more trails to walk along were I live. I walk around a nice pound at work. I have about 20 min walk on my lunch brake every day
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