There is a book that has been sitting around our house for a couple of years:
Evansville in Motion / walking and running paths of Vanderburgh County, Indiana.
It is an excellent publication listing 27 plus a bonus site complete with maps, parking information, and safety tips.
Of course, there is also information about studies that show aerobic exercise helps 12 different areas of physical and mental aspects of our bodies. And hints about walking shoes, dressing for the weather and stretching exercises to warm - up and cool - down.
What this brochure doesn't do is get you up and out the door.
It takes a group of like-minded people to do that. In my case, it came up in a discussion earlier in the week when a few of us women had met at Hornville Tavern to have a cold beer and catch up on our lives.
This group was formed by me when we all had children in the fifth grade and we kept running into each other at school events, ballgames, scouts (I was the scout leader for a long long long time, but I digress!) and we noticed that most of what we were doing was running with our kids. So the "Lunch Bunch" was born - lunches out while the kids were at school.
First rule: we only allowed 5 minutes of talk about kids and teachers, school, etc.
Second rule: we called each other by our names, not " so and so's mother"
Third rule: we went to restaurants that our husbands and/or kids didn't like
Fourth rule: we had fun!
Now the last of those kids have left for college. We could be more appropriatley called the "Bar Bunch". Being women, we feel as if we need to be productive and not just sit around drinking, though we do that too!
SO this morning, we put on our walking shoes, stretched out, warmed up, grabbed our water bottles and made the first walk on the list. Twice. Yep, we had so much fun, we did it again!
Then we dated and initialed the walk and planned for the second walk.
Lady Suzanne of Greenbriar
who is out walking while Sir Bowie is tent camping to celebrate his birthday