Saying “No” to treadmills, “Yes” to the great outdoors


After a walk in the woods at Rocky Gap, 2009

My doctor gave me permission to do “light” treadmill. But I don’t want to be on a treadmill; I want to be outdoors, in the sunshine!I don’t know why I have an aversion to gym equipment. Some people love it. The treadmill, the elliptical machine, the recumbent bike. Not me.

I used to do step aerobics and play racquetball years ago, and might try zumba in the future, but these days I want to walk on the beach, stroll briskly by a lake, discover a new neighborhood on foot, or go on a hike.

Perhaps it’s the calm in the air or the appreciation for things that were not made by humans. Or maybe it’s just God’s way of telling me that I need more oxygen and Vitamin D.

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