I have never been a fan of traditional exercise. Stinky gyms? No, thank you. I did get exercise, though. As a kid, I was into everything at one point or another. Gymnastics? Check. Soccer? Check. Cheerleading? Check. Dance? Double Check (I did this really young and later again in high school). Growing up, we had an exercise bike, which mostly I would just play on. Then, we got a treadmill. I went through phases with this thing. We basically had a love/hate relationship.
Sometime later, I realized it was kinda nice to actually do my
After a freak horseback riding knee injury, it got a little difficult to do any type of jogging, at all. I try to pick it up again every once in a while, only to realize that it just isn't the best thing for my poor knee. So now, I just enjoy a good walk. I can't say that I do it as often as I should. In fact, it's been a long time since I could say I did it regularly. Since I've started on this new track to healthy eating/living (you can read about that HERE), one of my goals is to pick back up an exercise routine.
Last Sunday afternoon, my mom and I decided to go on a walk together. We are both trying to make big lifestyle changes this year, and it's so great to have someone to help keep you accountable.
We didn't go to a fancy park. Instead, we just walked in a neighborhood across the street from where I live. It's quiet, so we didn't have to dodge too many cars.
Marshy area in the neighborhood
One of the things that stuck out to me when we were walking is just how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful area. It's corny, I know, but I think sometimes it's easy to lose appreciation for a place when it seems so familiar. I've lived in the same town my whole life and have always wished I had grown up somewhere in the mountains. People love to come down here for the beach, but it's never been anything special to me. The older I get, the more I'm learning to love my home. Now, I don't live at the beach. Around here, you either live on the beach or "in town." I'm an "in town" kinda girl (Spring Break?? No, thank you...). But, the Panhandle really is a beautiful place to live and a great place to grow up.
New appreciation for my hometown? Check.
Okay, mushiness over. I got sick on Monday morning, and it's stuck around all week, so I haven't made it back outside to walk since Sunday. So much for new routine, huh? I'm finally feeling better today but still not 100%. Hopefully this upcoming week I'll be able to head back out again. My goal is 3-5 times/week. We shall see!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. The weather is perfect here!