A Two Mile Walk in Paradise vs An Hour at the Gym

I can’t tell you how much $$ I’ve spent on gym memberships.  I hated every minute I spent in them after being cooped up in an office for 8-10 hours.  I am grateful that I can now walk or hike whenever and wherever I want in order to strengthen my body, mind and spirit.  This is my little piece of Paradise where I walk for two miles, listen to music, Hay House Radio or just meditate on the beauty of the setting.  The Peace River – how appropriate.

The Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Florida

The Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Florida

On the walking path to the first pier

On the walking path to the first pier

 

Careful not to disturb the herons

Careful not to disturb the herons

Walking out to the second pier

Walking out to the second pier

Past the playground

Past the playground

It looked like rain for a few minutes

It looked like rain for a few minutes

After my 2 mile walk I like to sit at a picnic bench with my morning smoothie and my book. Paradise!

After my 2 mile walk I like to sit at a picnic bench with my morning smoothie and my book. Paradise!

For me there is something cathartic about walking near the water; the sound, the motion, the smell.  This is just one of many paths I enjoy along the Peace River.  I know how lucky I am to live in a climate where I can exercise outdoors almost year round.   When we visit our cottage in Michigan I attempt to exercise outside — hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.  Last Christmas I tried walking from our cottage to Lake Huron, about 100 yards, and almost wheezed up my brittle frozen sinuses and lungs – oops, it was minus 11 degrees, dumb Florida girl.   So, how many calories are burned from shivering?

I took my 3-year old grandson snowshoeing last Christmas in a different sort of Paradise – the northern woods of Michigan.

 

 

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