Once upon a time, there was a hospital on the West side of town named Westview. Westview Hospital had a very community-oriented view of their world, one where they thought helping people prevent diseases might be a good thing. So, they worked with Indianapolis Parks and Recreation to build a trail in the woods at Eagle Creek Park that would give people a chance to work out, exercise, and be healthy without all the expense of a gym membership. Cool, right?
Well, it was until Community Health Network decided in their infinite stupidity that Westview Hospital wasn’t making enough money and closed it. The property is now home to The Saturday Evening Post and while that’s a great magazine with a storied history, they don’t necessarily care about workouts in the middle of the woods. As a result, the equipment that Westview placed there has gone without any maintenance, just sitting out there in the woods, rusting. Workout stations that were made of wood are rotting and covered with mold and moss.
I was out with the kids recently and we decided to walk the trail and see what all was still there. The condition of the equipment is disappointing, to say the least, and at first, I thought of just doing a high-resolution series of the unused equipment. That felt too passive, though. To make the pictures interesting, I needed people. Someone whose physical condition, unlike the equipment, was prime.
Fortunately, Adrienne was not only available and willing to shoot, but she introduced us to Kenzie, her friend and workout partner who just happens to be going to Women’s Physique Division (WPD) NPC nationals in a few weeks (he says as if he as the faintest clue what any of that actually means; he doesn’t). They met us at the park and bravely followed me into the woods where we battled mosquitos (I forgot the spray) and walked forever (because I took a wrong turn) and took some pictures (hey, I remembered the camera). Equipment? What rotting equipment?
My hope is that these pictures remind us that our bodies, just like the equipment in the woods, need some attention and maintenance if they’re to continue operating at peak condition. Maybe we’re not all physique competitors, but chances are we could/should do better than we are. My doctor is constantly asking how much exercise I’m getting and there is an ever-expanding set of scientific evidence showing that our exercise may help prevent nasty little things like Alzheimer’s and dementia. I probably won’t ever look as good as these young women but if it lowers the chance of me getting lost in the woods (again) it’s worth the effort.
HUGE thanks to Adrienne and Kenzie for traipsing through the woods with me. Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the images full size. Then, maybe consider getting out of your easy chair and taking a walk or something. Getting lost in the woods (temporarily) beats sitting on your ass most any day.