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Monday, March 26, 2012
What's next on your exercise regimen? Spring is here (in the Midwest) and I find it especially difficult to remain indoors at my desk or doing other chores at home and office. Today, I discovered a bit late that I had the day off. No office for me! Since the weather is glorious, if I don't count the pollen count, I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement with my four-legged baby in tow.
There are several pleasures of walking in late morning or early afternoon. Kids are in school. Less traffic. No need to rush myself to get home to start dinner or whatever. I made a mental map of where to walk and headed for it. At almost the farthest point from my home on this route is a tiny bit of wooded trail that crosses a teeny stream between the back of a subdivision and a middle school. The entire trail is perhaps 1/10th mile - but it's a miniature wonderland to me, well worth the walk.
Today with trees all leafy, ground cover blooming like crazy, and only a tiny streak of water in the 'creek', doggie and I slowed down to enjoy the shadowy oasis. There's even a relatively new bridge across the creek that was built by a scout troop. One could sit and read a book (bring your own chair) or just veg here for an hour at the time of day we were there.
In the hours before and after school, this little trail is covered with kids walking to and from the three schools that are lined up just north of the wooded area. This is the third such trail that I've discovered. I often tailor my walks to include one of these tiny trails. Without using gas to drive to a park, I'm able to enjoy, albeit briefly, all the joys of a larger park. The vegetation is just dense enough that if I turn the right way I can't see any house or school, no signs of 'civilization'.
Have you discovered any such trails in your neighborhood? I know there are more near me because I see the trodden down vegetation at the edge of the school grounds in various areas. I'll explore those trails another day.
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.