‘E’ is for ‘Exercise’ and ‘Enjoyment’
In her recent A to Z post, Sue at Sizzling Toward Sixty, encourages us to explore movement-based activities that we enjoy, then schedule these activities regularly into our week. I wholeheartedly agree with Sue, as do most studies on this subject. According to researchers, enjoyment of exercise creates a positive mindset and increases both sustainability and consistency of our workouts. These three factors are of crucial importance to a successful, long-term fitness program. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
If you follow my posts, you already know that my favourite form of exercise is walking. Despite my town’s mediocre walkability score of 39, I find our community to be highly walkable. I walk daily for pleasure, fitness and transportation. (You can check out my previous posts on walking and hiking here, here and here.)
Yesterday, I mentioned that I was part of two different walking clubs. The one group (MidIsland Walkers) walks on Wednesdays and alternating Saturdays/Sundays. The other group walks on Thursdays and allows dog owners to walk their dogs off-leash. Both groups offer energy, enjoyment, exchange and entertainment (the latter is especially true on days like today– dog-walk days)!
Today we walked the dogs off-leash at Little Qualicum Falls. Not exactly ‘e words’….but as you can see from the following photos, enthusiasm and excitement were everywhere!
Two of my favourite local places to walk, hike or just hang out happen to start with ‘E.’ It is my pleasure to introduce them to you.
Enos Lake offers over 7 km of walking trails in a mixed habitat of arbutus woods, wetlands, lakes and rocky bluffs. Enos Lake is also the only place where the endangered fish species ‘Enos Lake Stickleback’ is found. Dogs are welcome on these trails but must be on-leash.
Es-he Sme–nts Community Park officially opened on October 4, 2017 in Nanoose Bay. Its name is from the Snaw-Naw-As First Nations tribe and means ‘Seal Rock.’ The area is absolutely breathtaking and includes sensitive coastal bluff ecosystems and unique strands of Garry Oak trees. If you ever have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it!
What is your favourite form of fitness? Tell us a bit about why you enjoy it!