Southeast WI Archive
May 2014

May 2014

Take it outside!

Psst! We’re about to let you in on a not-so-well-kept industry secret: Due to deadlines, magazine writers often have to create their articles in advance. So, as we write this, what is hopefully the last snow of the season is just finishing dumping inches of the soggy white stuff all over our state. But, by the time you read this, the snow now littering our streets will hopefully be nothing more than a vague memory you shrug off while basking in the tender warmth of the late spring/early summer sun.

What better time than now to enjoy that sun? Bookended by April (Garden Month) and June (Great Outdoors Month), May itself is chockfull of great outside activities and celebrations. Here are just a few events that might prompt you and your family to get out and about:

Barbecue Month: Grab the veggies and your favorite protein and fire up that grill!

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Celebrate May by trying out a new fitness activity. Take a shot at Hope Zvara’s Fit Bodies move this month and “Get your arms and obliques beach body ready.” And in “Staying safe and hydrated during exercise as the weather warms up,” Courtney Fryatt of Fryatt Fitness and Nutrition reminds us to drink plenty of water when exercising.

After trying out a new sport or activity, consider indulging in a nice massage to help your muscles recover. Rob Reader with Active Body Wellness explains how “Massage maintenance” can help you stay in shape and even recover from injuries.

National Bike Month: Get your road, mountain, or other type of bike out of storage, pump up those tires, and start cycling.

National Pet Month: We humans aren’t the only ones raring to get outside now that the weather is nicer. Consider taking your four-legged friend for a walk or romp at the dog park. Jodie Gruenstern, owner of Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, reminds us just how much our pets depend on us for their own health in a touching tribute to a dog named Blue, “How to help your pet beat cancer.”

But remember: As is always the case with Wisconsin, the weather can be unpredictable. There undoubtedly will be days when you want to stay inside. You have plenty of options on those occasions too!

Museum Day (May 18): Explore your local museum today!

Celiac Awareness Month: Try out the gluten-free lifestyle with our Healthy Eating feature: Mudd Creek’s Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango Slaw, by Danielle Lythjohan.

We hope these and the rest of this month’s Nature’s Pathways articles help you enjoy the most out of May!

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