Staying fit: Nautilus vs. Mother Nature

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Like most people, I’ve got a very sedentary job, so I like to get up early and do some sort of exercise before I park myself in front of a computer for 8+ hours at a time.

Back when I was in college, my dorm was right next to a park, so I’d get up each morning and jog. When it wasn’t raining or snowing, it felt great to be outdoors, and it also seemed like a very healthy form of self-sufficiency: I could stay in shape on my own, without the help of fitness classes or complicated machinery.

In grad school in Cambridge, England, the rain made running difficult. But then I discovered that I could bring reading material with me to the gym; I’ve been a devoted gym-goer ever since. (How else are you supposed to get through the entire Economist each week?)

Out here in Red Hook, though, the gym’s no longer convenient, and anyway it’s time for a change. So last week, I started jogging again oh, soreness! I thought I was in decent shape, but no matter how fit you are, it seems, there’s nothing for running but running.

How do you stay in shape?

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