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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stayin' active

One of the several reasons I listed in this week's column about the joys of summer in Michigan--as opposed to the hot, lazy, sweat-stained non-joys of summer in my native Alabama--was how much easier it is to get one's three-mile jog on when the high is 82 instead of 97.

Of course, what I left unspoken was that it's also much easier to get one's three-mile jog on when the high is 82 as opposed to 11, which is seemed to be for four months straight here last winter. So I imagine I'm not the only one who's taking the opportunity to get out and about a bit more and really stretch those glutes ... not that I actually know what a "glute" is.

If you're interested in doing the same--be it via running or any other form of summer exercise--here's a few quick ideas to help you out:

1. Check out what your local Parks and Rec departments have on offer. You can find Saline's P&R homepage here and Milan's here, with the key links from there being the "Summer Brochures."

Take a flip through Saline's and you can see that you can try, among other things, Jishukan Ryu Jujitsu or tennis lessons or a good old-fashioned spin class. Activities in Milan include softball, martial arts, and plenty of others.

2. Those same pages can point you to the area's collection of parks, where you could go for a nice run if that does happen to be what you're interested in. If you're looking for a full-fledged road race, a nice resource is the RunMichigan race calendar, where you can sort by distance, type of race, and date.

3. If you're me, one of the simplest and easiest ways to get a little exercise is just to find someone to toss a frisbee back and forth for a while. There's kind of a cool breakdown of different types and brands of frisbees here, but for yours truly the best frisbee to buy is the largest one you can find for the least amount of cash--the larger the yare the longer they stay up, but you probably don't need one of the superduper Ultimate-designed ones, either.

Here's to hoping you enjoy the rest of your summer, whether it'sfull of burned calories or not.

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Blogger Vance Shutes said...


I walk nearly every morning here in Saline. The only things that keep me from my morning walk are heavy rain, and temps below zero.

That said, it's a far sight easier to walk during the summer than winter, even if it's in the teens in the morning.

July 17, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

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