Creative Walking | Part III

-By Hertha J. Woodruff, A.M.L.S., M.A.

Let’s rewind to our historic, never-ending winter when we experienced continuous snow and frigid temperatures.

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Many of us were unable to get out to exercise due to the extreme weather.  A good number of us probably ate more than we should have and put on extra pounds.  I am sure a lot of us out there online can relate to this!

However, it finally is summertime now.  Summer officially arrived on June 21, 2014. 

 

Summertime

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry 

Note: Summertime is an aria from George Gershwin’s 1935 opera, Porgy and Bess, lyrics by DuBose Heyward

 

Let’s revisit my concept of Creative Walking again that I first introduced in an Orchard Maple Family Dental blog post on September 15, 2014, when I shared the Michigan State Fair Creative Walking experience at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.  To refresh your memory, Creative Walking is not using a traditional method of walking, such as, in a fitness facility where you may have a membership, in a gym, or around the block, on a designated walk path, or on a treadmill.  It is selecting an event to attend or place to visit that requires walking that has interesting visuals to absorb and opportunities for learning.  This method of walking never becomes monotonous because you are expanding your mind and seeing new sights. 

Recently my husband, Dr. William Woodruff, suggested that we visit one of his favorite spots and we ended up buying a membership since we enjoyed the experience so much.  It was a trip to the Detroit Zoo.  We had no idea that we would spend four hours walking to see the exhibits on the day that we visited.  We were very impressed!  The grounds were exceptionally clean and so inviting.

We visited the reptile exhibit to see examples of reptiles such as a large python from a local donor that stretched 19 feet and required a full room to live in, not a cage, but a room!  We were told by a volunteer that pythons are one of the longest varieties of snakes in the world.  The volunteer added that pythons could easily eat 5 chickens per day.  We visited the butterfly house and learned from a volunteer that the life span of a butterfly was just roughly 2 weeks in length.  We saw gorillas that were fed vegan, veggie diets.  Looked like one gorilla was eating leeks.  Veganism!  The flamingos acquire their color from their diet of crustaceans, etc.  We observed penguins and other beautiful birds.  We are bird lovers!  We have owned parakeets, canaries, and recently lost our cockatiel, Diego, of 15 years this past spring on March 24, 2014. 

Here is your homework assignment for the summer.  Find some locations where you can do Creative Walking.  Do Creative Walking during your summer vacations away.  It will be great for your overall health!  Here are some photos below of the Detroit Zoo for you to enjoy.

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To read about my journey to becoming a vegan, please go here: Hertha Woodruff’s Vegan Journey  

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