Ever been at the gym on a treadmill and wondered why the heck you weren’t outside?? I sure have.
Sure it’s convenient to just hop on and not think about where you are and plant your face in your phone or the TV, but it leaves lots to be desired.
Having an active dog gets me out and moving, not every single day, but most days a week we go on an adventure.
We’ve found the most perfect country road by our house, with minimal traffic, a steep incline hill (engage those glutes!) and a couple nice flat strait aways that if I felt so inclined I could work on sprints (this rarely happens).
It won’t make me an all star athlete, but walking 30-60 mins a few times a week means I get to hang out with my dog, get some fresh air, a healthy dose of vitamin D, get my heart rate up a bit and have some quiet meditative time in nature.
And although there are many trails closer to my home, I like that this road is paved and I don’t have to watch where I walk- I can keep on dreaming with my head in the clouds, and admire the turkey vultures circling over head waiting for me to drop when I get to the top of the hill.
Most days we finish our walk with a quick dog swim in the big pond- to rehydrate after the 46,000 steps Jackson gets after trying to ‘herd’ me for 3 kms, to help cool the inflammation in his hip displaysia, and to rinse of the residue of poison ivy that he’s tromped through.
Today the swans were on guard and weren’t willing to share their water space for too long. ?
If you’re looking for an excuse to skip the stuffy gym, get outside and find yourself somewhere you can get your exercise and enjoy the scenery.