On Saturdays, I share my thoughts on Health and Fitness.
Tonight is one of my favorite nights of the year in my hometown of Fresno, California. Every year, we Fresnans are treated to "Christmas Tree Lane" -- a longstanding tradition of one major street in town decorating their houses with major lighting displays.
Honestly, the traffic on the lane has grown so crazy that most December nights, I steer clear of that entire area of town. The "Lane" is filled with bumper to bumper traffic. But on the first Saturday of December, it's my favorite place to be. Christmas Tree Lane is closed to car traffic and people from all over town flock to the area to walk the Lane. It's an extra treat for me because my son's jazz band provides musical ambiance for the night.
Out hear in California, we had nights that are still warm enough to make a "Christmas Light Walk" a real treat. Somehow, in the glow of decorations with family and friends nearby, I don't even notice that my heart is getting a workout. I enjoy it so much that I've started taking "Christmas Light Walks" in other areas of town that are known for nice decorations.
If you don't have a Christmas Tree Lane of your own, or if the weather outside isn't conducive to walking, consider a very early morning walk at your local Mall before it opens for business or a trek around your local Christmas tree farm. Those of you in snowy areas likely also have great options for skiing and skating in places that afford you a unique and lovely view of the season's finest.
What types of fitness activities do you enjoy during the winter months?