I try to get up and workout early in the morning, before the temperature climbs into the high eighties and the humidity becomes ungodly
When my husband and I moved further south, I was delighted that our new home features a sizable lanai across the back. The lanai runs the entire width of the house and provides a gorgeous view of the lake. We get to watch all sorts of different birds as well as fishermen, kayakers and boaters enjoy the water. I like that the lanai is plenty big enough for a workout area. While the rest of the house is rather cramped, this space allows me to set up folding mats and a weight bench and utilize a wide range of equipment, including a jump rope, free weights and kettlebells. Since I workout for approximately an hour every morning, it’s important for me to have a designated area. The only drawback of the lanai is that it’s not temperature controlled. We are located far enough south that the temperature rarely drops below freezing, but the lanai gets very chilly. There are times when I’m forced to bundle up layers of clothing to workout. Fortunately, the winter weather doesn’t last very long. For the majority of the year, the breeze keeps the lanai at the ideal temperature. However, over the summer months, the conditions become extremely hot and humid. I try to get up and workout early in the morning, before the temperature climbs into the high eighties and the humidity becomes ungodly. I have set up an electric fan that helps a bit. I usually end up dripping sweat and barely able to breathe by the end of the workout.