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Healthy Living: Outside

Healthy LivingIt’s dark earlier now.

It’s already pitch-black as I gaze out my window this evening.

Here in the South, the darkness is also a trade-off for the oppressive heat.

In the summertime, it’s almost impossible to exercise during daylight hours. Truth be told, it’s not even safe a lot of the time, with temperatures and humidity topping out at 100 degrees or percent – take your pick.

So, during the fall and winter here in the South, take advantage of the gorgeous weather. Run or walk outside. Enjoy the crunch of the leaves, the crisp air and the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Count your blessings. Play flag football with your kids. Rake leaf piles and jump in them. Grow pumpkins and squash. Eat them. Sign up for a Turkey Trot 5k. Involve the whole family. Run or walk; it doesn’t matter as much as the time spent together.

Find a state park. Explore it inside and out.

Make leaf art. Place leaves you find during your walks under a sheet of paper, color over it with the side of a crayon. Use them for placemats on Thanksgiving.

When you’re outside, remember the majesty of God’s creation. Give thanks.

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