Editor’s Note: The Natchez Trace Trail above runs from Tennessee to Mississippi. It was one of the primary routes by which White settlers came to Mississippi from the Upland South.
It is July.
As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, this has traditionally been the part of the year when I have been the least successful in maintaining my diet and exercise regimen.
The root cause is the unbearable heat and humidity. It is very easy to get too hot while doing cardio outdoors in the summer under the Southern sun. After getting too hot and sweaty several times, it is easy to just throw in the towel and give up on doing cardio until the fall. It can also be a real pain in the ass for folks who live in small towns or rural areas in the South to go to the gym.
What’s the solution to this practical problem? Fortunately, we live in one of the most heavily forested and sparsely populated parts of the United States. The solution is to exercise in the peace and quiet in the shade in the woods. Chances are you can find plenty of trails in your area where you won’t even have to be distracted by attention seeking thots, gym bros and loud minorities. If you own your own land in the rural South, you can even blaze and maintain a system of private trails in the woods.
I’ve found that these private trails can also be a great place to listen to podcasts, fire off sarcastic tweets and generally to keep tabs on Clown World while doing my best to stay isolated from it.