At a later date I will share with you my book-buying habits (oh, there are stories there, believe you me); however, my book addiction steers me more often than not to my two local libraries. One library is en route home from my weekly tutoring job and one library is en route home from my local fitness center; this translates to me being tempted to stop at least twice per week at one of these most amazing of facilities. My to-read list is literally more than 1500 books to date (I know because Goodreads monitors *taunts* me with this each time I log on), yet I cannot help but walk the library for “hidden treasures.” Library A (the tutor library) has more square footage, thus providing me more steps on the pedometer and a more scenic walk. I have successfully logged approximately 2000 steps in one browsing session, usually stopping along the way to pick up books that haven’t yet made it onto my to-read list. (I keep trying to whittle it away, but authors just keep writing. SO frustrating. I just want to CATCH UP.) Library B (the fitness center library) is much smaller and has a thermostat that keeps the temperature just below sweltering, so while the routes aren’t as enticing, I am still able to work up a good sweat trying to find the latest cozy mystery or new general fiction read.

If you check out enough books and load them into a tote, you can manage a few bicep curls on the walk to the car. If you park your car an admirable distance from the entrance, you can usually switch hands and get in some solid reps. I often run into the problem that I have so many books to pick up on reserve the husband needs to assist me with bag-carrying duties, but this is usually when we are on our way home FROM the gym, so at least I still had some exercise before settling on the couch to read one of my new 27 books I just brought home.

I love my local libraries and am very lucky to live so close to two fantastic branches. I love anyone or any place that will give me free reading material. I love that I can justify a workout by walking a mile through the aisles of Library A gathering books to stack on the shelf. I love that I can sweat off two pounds perusing Library B for hidden gems.

Strap on your tennis shoes and attach a pedometer to your waist. Go explore your library and tell everyone you’re “going for a workout.”  No one needs to know.

Don’t forget your bottled water.


02/06/2010 12:49pm

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one doing bicep curls with tote bags. You forgot about doing squats in front of the shelves...up, down, up, down!! Great for the legs.

02/07/2010 11:10am

LOL! I love it, no one does need to know. My local library is awesome and large so I can start feeling good about my treks there. Maybe skip the gym one day to workout in the stacks.

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