I’m writing this post from Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. I realize that I’d pretty much disappeared this month of March and I apologize.
Every time I return to Europe I am astonished to realize how much about the physical effects of European lifestyles take their toll on me again! (My feet are killing me already after one day.) Walking all day long on uneven “terrain” (cobblestones and whatnot), going up and down countless flights of stairs, getting lost on teeny roads, spending the whole day outside, all of that suddenly after our sedentary and relatively inactive lifestyles at home? It’s no surprise Europeans are so much slimmer and healthier than us Americans!
Not to mention, it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate these aspects into our daily living either. Obviously, sitting in an office all day is part of many people’s jobs, and yes, the gym can be an effective way to get in daily activity, but let’s make it less sterile and “manmade.” It’s beginning to warm up out there! Go on walks outside at the forest preserve on a nice day you may have off — walk home from somewhere you’d normally drive that’s not unreasonably far away. Opt for the stairs when you can.
Spending time outdoors is really underrated in most of the States, I’d wager, so I think the more time we make a point to pass not inside some stuffy indoor environment, the better off we are physically.
Take an afternoon to be old-school and play with a toddler (if you have access to one) at a playground. Climbing those jungle gyms, if you can (be careful!), is physically demanding, so make your workout fun rather than spending your time cooped up in a gym, which over too much time can often feel like a prison!
Hoola Hoop in your yard. Take dumbbells outside, even, and do your workouts in the grass — barefoot!
Be outdoors. Enjoy the warming weather. (Easy for me to say from where I am, right?) Make your exercise new and enjoyable.
To our healing,