Walk the Walk

I have to admit, with the hot weather, even I have gotten lazy about keeping to the family walking routine. Over the past week, the temperatures have been sky rocketing. Add to that the crazy humidity and even the mildest form of exercise seems like too much work. Of course, the consumption of things like ice cream has increased in our house, so I think it’s time that I try to get everyone back into the habit of doing some form of post-dinner exercise!

Every time I have brought up going for a walk, I’ve been met with a barrage of complaints about the heat and how tired everyone is, and it has been far too easy to cave to these weak arguments. I’m ashamed to say that it’s been at least two weeks since we’ve been on a walk, so I am determined to stick to my guns about this. On the plus side, it is forecast to be a bit cooler in the evenings for the next week or so, so I’m hoping I can use that in my favor.

While I love having central air conditioning in our house, I have come to realize it is a devil in disguise. Why head out into the overwhelming heat and humidity when you can relax in comfort in your temperature controlled home? I’ve started to notice that my family is slowing becoming one of those families … complains about the cold in the winter, but then when it gets warm, hides inside!

I know I’m going to have to be firm in the next few days. I figure that I’ll try to make it interesting, so I’m going to change it up a little. Where we live does a guided haunted walk in the evenings, so I’m going to use that as a reward. If my family will get out and walk each night of the upcoming week, the reward will be the haunted walk. Also, to fight any complaints about the heat, I’m going to have us go a little later, when the sun is going down. It will be a bit of an adventure for my kids too as they usually aren’t allowed out that late at night. Believe me, I’ll resort to almost anything to get them out of the house!

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