Thursday, January 17, 2013

Go Outside!

I am outside a lot.  I live in Wisconsin, where it can get frigidly cold in the winter (that means a high of 2F sometimes).  This does not stop me from going outside.  You learn to layer clothing and be safe or you become one of those people who complain about the cold to everyone, whenever you can.  If I hated it like some of my friends do, I'd either move or stop complaining.  I believe the saying is "shit or get off the pot". 

I enjoy the changing elements.  I like to be able to successfully adapt to weather and still do what I want to do, outside.  Being outside makes me feel as though I am living and not just existing.

I need to get a few things at the grocery store today.  The weather is sunny and it's about 17F and windy.  I'll bundle up and walk just over a mile to the store, maybe stopping at the library on my way home.

I wish our society walked more and drove less.  We'd be more connected to nature and to each other.  We'd probably be less depressed and less medicated, as well.  We are made to be physically active, not to sit on the couch for hours watching TV or hanging out on social media sites.  When we don't spend at least a 10 minutes outside each day, our physical and mental health suffers.  I think that gyms/athletic centers/DVDs are great tools for being fit and healthy, but if you aren't spending some time outdoors, it's not good enough.  I really think being active outside is more important than going to the gym for overall health.

Time for me to bundle up and head to the store, on foot, with the sun and wind on my face.  Hopefully you can spend a bit of time outdoors today, too.