June Fitness Challenge: Walk in the Woods

It’s June. We’ve been blessed, at least in Southeastern Virginia, with a very mild spring. I realize that 95 degrees with 100% humidity is right around the corner. But, I’m enjoying this while it lasts. Last month, I encouraged you to get outside and exercise and gave you 4 options that you may not have considered. Just because it was the May challenge doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a few of them year ’round.

I love the heat, but I know not everyone is like me. Once it warms up, most of you will be less enthusiastic about going outside at all, let alone to do physical activity. That’s why this month, I am challenging you to take a walk in the woods. It’s that simple. It’s cooler under the canopy of the trees and you will still be outdoors, enjoying nature and the fresh air.

June Fitness Challenge: Take a Walk in the Woods; Muir Woods National Monument; redwoods

Not everyone gets to walk through redwoods on a daily basis. But, I love this picture!

Walking in the woods is good for the soul. When I walk by myself, it’s like meditation. When I walk with my husband or my stepdaughter, we have great conversation.

Cook Forest State Park Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly; Pennsylvania State Parks

The pleasures of walking in the woods. I spotted this Tiger Swallowtail while hiking in Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania

No parks near you? Take an evening walk in your neighborhood. Resist the temptation to flop on the couch after dinner and go for a walk instead. You might even get to know your neighbors that way!

I know the temptation is to relax after a stressful day, but I promise you – the saying that you have more energy and are less stressed if you exercise is not just a cliche phrase. It’s the truth. In college, I always felt less stressed if I exercised. Now, I find that even if I have to wake up at 5:00am to exercise, I have more energy than if I sleep until I need to get ready for work.

If you are a morning person, walk before work to avoid the heat. I used to take an early morning walk all the time and for the life of me, I don’t know why I stopped (probably because I often have to be at work so early that I would be walking in the dark). That cool, quiet, calm tone of the morning sets the tone for the day.

You notice I’m not challenging you to do a Couch to 5K. I’m not expecting you to start swimming laps at the YMCA. I am challenging you to a task that is very doable. So, go for it! Who is with me?

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2 thoughts on “June Fitness Challenge: Walk in the Woods

  1. sharonfutrellhodge

    I am one of those people that hate the hot weather. I’m sure it would be much cooler to exercise in the woods. I don’t have woods for running through, so, I tend to get out early in the mornings when the weather heats up. I run a lot and think that I’m going to take on the challenge of a Boot Camp program to change it up some. Exercising is definitely important….

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