As part of my journey toward whole health, I've been trying to get in some kind of physical activity every day, no excuses. More and more, I find myself choosing the tranquility of the natural world over the gym. Don't get me wrong. I love the convenience of the gym with its array of equipment and variety of classes. When the weather's either too hot or too cold to exercise outdoors, an hour on the treadmill or elliptical is a nice option to have. Whenever possible, though, I've been enjoying these last few weeks of summer by getting outdoors, where I can run, hike, or kayak while enjoying fresh air, natural sunlight, and the sweet sounds of nature.
On Saturday, we took advantage of the relatively mild temperatures with a hike at nearby Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. I'd never been, and couldn't believe that this otherworldly little oasis exists a mere 20-minute drive from our home. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, we spotted several toads, a very feisty crawfish, and a lizard with an electric blue tail. It was such a nice little change from the typical Saturday chores n' errands routine. I've decided that we need to explore more of the many beautiful parks in our area before the weather really turns cold.
Do you prefer to exercise indoors or out? How are you soaking up these last few weeks of summer?