April 06, 2011
As the weather turns warmer (some days!) this spring, I start to think about getting outdoors to be more active. There are many lawn and garden chores to be done each spring, and that's a nice start. But sometimes, I want to do something that feels less like work and more like fun. That's when I grab my favorite schnauzer, Oliver Dean, and hit the trails! That boy loves to walk--I think he would walk from here to Columbia if I'd do that with him. We always see lots of neat stuff outside when we walk...leaves, deer, squirrels, and neighborhood cats are some of his favorite things to see when we're out and about.
I recently found out that the first Wednesday in April every year is National Start Walking Day. This program is sponsored by the American Heart Association in an effort to promote walking as an easy way for people to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. This little bit of increased exercise will help you reduce your risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer disease in the United States.
The library can help you in your effort to keep on walking even after today. We have many books and DVDs on walking for exercise. Our most frequently borrowed library DVDs about walking for fitness are made by Leslie Sansone. I see one of these items go across the circulation desk at North Oak at least once a day. Although I haven't watched one of them, she must be a good motivator for people if they are that popular.
I can't wait to get off work so I can grab Oliver and head outside! Maybe, we'll see you on the trail!
North Oak Branch