Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
If you believe what you read in the health magazines, books, and web pages, not to mention advertising brochures that crowd your mailbox, you have to think exercise will cure everything from infections of the eyebrow, to ingrown toenails. Well, maybe not that extensive, but so many experts can't be entirely wrong. Perhaps exercise is a good thing. If it just wasn't so very boring.
When asked why he evaded most of the marches the Marine Corps required of him even after he'd been around a few years, my favorite Marine was heard to say, "I learned to walk when I was one year old and I haven't learned a thing walking since then."
This is not altogether true. I distinctly remember our walking down to watch the sunset over the Gulf one evening and he learned about the green flash. You know, that exciting moment when the sunlight turns from yellow to green at the precise moment the sun goes down? You can't consider yourself a card-carrying member of the "watch the sunset club" until you've seen at least one green flash…but I ramble.
Since exercise is important and no one wants it to be boring, I suggest you check out the opportunities at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, over on Bay Esplanade. By special arrangement with the Friends or The Clearwater Library and Recreation Center, the pool will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. until September 19th. Otherwise there's dancing-ballroom, Latin, or Greek on Thursdays. You can play tennis, and even take tennis lessons. That rollicking exercise they call Zumba was back on the schedule as of last week. For the less agile, there's Wii games: tennis, bowling, and boxing which you can play sitting down if you like, and a modern, up-to-date weight room, plus a personal trainer by appointment.
Then, when you are out of breath and ready for a break, you can exercise your mind with the Writer's Group meeting on first and third Wednesdays, or stop in and check out a book by your favorite author.
In other news, the Keep the Pool Open committee of the "Friends" is hard at work trying to figure a way to get the pool heated and kept open all year. If you'd like to join this interesting committee, call Ron Dell at (727) 446-8272 and sign up.
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