I’m a very practical person.text-autospace:none">It’s evident from how I dress (I can’t do heels), what I drive (Ford Focus station wagon. I have no children.) and where I live (I have a 100-year warranty on my roof and it’s super cheap to heat). At work I copy things on the clean side of printed paper. All of it practical. text-autospace:none">So, I started a new exercise routine that is also practical. You see, exercise for the sake of exercise bores me to tears. So I decided to do something practical for my exercise. I do a “walk-jog (minimal jogging, though I must admit)-trash” exercise routine.
text-autospace:none">Here’s how this exercise routine works. You have to wear loose clothing. (No Spandex please, especially if you are overweight.) You’ll need a good pair of jogging shoes, a latex glove and a Hefty Tall Kitchen trash bag. You have to walk at a good clip and when there is some distance between litter point A and litter point B, you have to jog. Nothing fast — just enough to help you break a sweat by the end of your exercise/trash route.
text-autospace:none">If you think about it, it’s not a bad routine. Lots of variety. It causes you to walk, jog, bend and lift. (Well, OK…maybe the better word is “carry” — as in carry a bag of trash.) It’s almost as good as a Nautilus workout at a fraction of the price! One of my exercise routes is Third Street to Lane Street to First Street and all the way down Meigs Street. By that point my trash bag runneth over. So, I dump it at the police station trash can. (I noticed someone weed-whacked the weeds growing up the side of the police station building. It looks much better. Thanks to whoever did that.) Then I will head down Washington to Hancock to the park across from CVS. I dump my second bag of trash at that trash bin. Then on up to Warren Street to one of those side streets that will lead me back home, where I dump my third and last bag of trash. It takes about an hour.
text-autospace:none">Being the practical person that I am, I got to thinking that if we got enough people to participate, we could turn this into an economic development event and involve Oprah or Dr. Phil. All we need are 30 people who want to lose weight and clean up their city — all at the same time. Each participant would have to commit to a “weigh in” (all kept confidential until the end of the event) and to doing the “walk-jog-trash” exercise routine for one hour every day, five days per week. We could take before and after pictures and compare each participant’s progress. We’d do the same with our city – how does it look now – compared to how it looks at the end of October.
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