I make physical fitness a daily part of my life.
Every morning, I devote approximately an hour to my workout.
I have a collection of fitness equipment, including a treadmill, jump rope, yoga mat, free weights, resistance bands and weight bench. I am fortunate that I have a lanai on the back of my house where I can set up my equipment and handle my workouts. The lanai is sizable with a concrete floor, eight-foot ceilings and access to electricity. The one wall is entirely made up of screens that offer a truly beautiful view of the lake behind my home. While I’m working out, I watch ducks, geese, fishermen and boats utilize the lake. In my local area the weather is mild for the majority of the year. I simply adjust what I’m wearing to handle the conditions. Because of the screens, there is no way to heat or cool the lanai. This is only a problem in the middle of summer or winter. Although it’s a brief amount of time, I struggle with it. During the summer, I make sure to get up as early as possible and workout before the heat of the day. With temperatures in the upper nineties, going without air conditioning is brutal. I have a pair of electric fans that I run at maximum speed, but I’m still drenched in sweat. In the middle of the winter, I plug in an electric space heater and bundle up in warm clothing. It doesn’t make much difference. It’s difficult to get warmed up and motivated for a good workout when I’m shivering.