Since joining SparkPeople last week I have been bombarded with new ways of thinking and trying to teach myself new ways to eat and cook, etc. You all understand what I mean. One thing that I realized I didn't forget, or need to learn how to do, is walk. I have a busy schedule and I was sort of stressing how to get my fitness goals into my schedule without disrupting my few hours each evening with my three kids. The first day I simply walked around the perimeter of the parking lot where I work. Spring is here so the weather has been pleasant but I keep an umbrella in my car so I told myself that even if it rains, I'm walking.
Well by the third day of this I had grown bored with the parking lot so I ventured out to the street and walked to the end of the block. I went a direction I had not driven before as it was the opposite way that I turn to go home each day. Well to my delight and surprise, at the end of the block was a walking trail that branched off from the sidewalk along the road. Not just a dirt trail through the woods but rather a real paved walking trail with a sign that read Noonday Creek Walking Trail. I had no clue this existed and I had been working at this office location for over two years. I followed it and couldn't believe that within 200 yards there was a marsh along the trail that had beautiful vegetation and ducks and turtles and, well you get the picture. All this had been literally behind my office the whole time and I did not know. I continued on the trail for a bit and started thinking I had better turn back, for I did not know where the trail went and for how long, and as I rounded a turn there was the street that my office was on. It had taken me roughly 30 minutes to walk this little loop. I excitedly got on MapQuest and figured up the mileage and it was a 1.25 mile trail. So now I know I have a nice walk on any day I want. It is a great way to get in some fitness minutes and also to de-stress from the office for a little while. So anyway, I just wanted to share this story with all of you. I know most people may not be as fortunate as I to find a walking trail so close to work but I bet all of us have a parking lot or a street out front. I truly believe a walk each day is a great way to let your mind de-clutter, burn off a few calories, and enjoy the sunshine. Anyone else out there have lunch time fitness goal ideas or solutions? Please share with me. I would love to hear and I'm sure others would too. Remember, don't just have a good day, make a good day. :)