Summer Solstice is here! Along with the typical Midwestern hot, humid days. I was up before the butt crack of dawn to get my cardio walk in before the humidity got too high. I know, I know, I could go the the new "Y" we have here in town and make use of a treadmill, or walk on their indoor track, but the whole idea seems redundant to me. Walking outside makes me feel like I still exist as one with nature. I can look around at the trees, and see what other people are growing in their yards. I can speak to other walkers or bikers, I can wave at people who honk or wave at me, even if I don't know who it is. (I don't wear my glasses when I walk because they keep sliding down my nose, and my wrap arounds aren't prescription sunglasses.) If I walked on a treadmill, I would miss all of this. And the "Y" is far enough away from my house that I would have to drive to it, just to exercise. Now, don't get me wrong! When the weather gets too unbearable, I will probably go there just to "beat the heat." Most days I could walk at my church. We have a large indoor area that is usually open in the mornings for walkers. So that, too, is an option. But for now, I will just trot my bod (really, walk) along the sidewalks of town, waving and panting!! It's getting me off my rear, out of the house, and pumping up the ol' heart rate. Can't be all bad!