VIDEO: Lake Katherine Is a Great Place to Get Fit
Jordan visits the Palos Heights nature center to learn why outdoor activities are an excellent option for exercise.
Summer is a fantastic time to take advantage of great weather and get active outside. While training for my half marathons, I would often hop on a treadmill at the gym and stare at a television for an hour as I got my training miles in. It was convenient, comfortable and cozy.
But when I strapped on my shoes and ran the trails at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, my senses went into overdrive. After a while, it got much easier to take my training runs outside where the scenery changed and I could see lots of wildlife rather than a gym full of lingering body odor and grunting muscleheads.
This week I went to Lake Katherine to find out even more about why outdoor activities can be so beneficial. Gareth Blakesley, who is the operations manager of the nature preserve, is also a runner and triathlete. He informed me that being outside naturally raises one's spirits and relieves stress.
Seeing green trees and water can really ease the burden of a bad day at work or a loud household, which is why I'm going to start heading over to Lake Katherine after a long day at work.
Not only does Lake Katherine have a mile-long loop around a beautiful lake, there are canoes and kayak rentals through October for a really great price. And when the temperatures get too cold to run in shorts and a T-shirt, you can rent snowshoes to trek around the lake.
Venture a little farther north on Route 83 and you'll also run into the Swallow Cliff stairs—another great place to get outside and get in a great workout. The Palos Trail System also offer a terrific option for walkers, runners and bikers.
As far as my progress, the stress and anxiety of preparing for my wedding has been increasing as the day approaches. Unfortunately for me, I turn to food when I feel overwhelmed and stressed, so I've put a few pounds back on this past week. It also doesn't help that high levels of stress physiologically aid in gaining weight ...
It's only a week until my wedding! Ahh! While it's not looking like I'll meet my weight loss goal before I tie the knot, I'm definitely not planning on throwing in the towel.