Welcome to Walking 101! Are you ready to start walking? Here is your Walking 101 guide – where to walk, what to do while walking, and some helpful walking websites.
Walking 101: Where to Walk
Ready to start walking but not sure WHERE to walk? Here are some ideas:
- Your neighborhood. Grab a neighbor, a dog, a child, or your iPod and walk your ‘hood.
- Looking for a house? Walk a couple of neighborhoods you would like to live in to check them out.
- Check your local mall to see if they offer early hours for walkers. This is great if it is too hot/cold outside, raining, or if you are walking alone.
- Greenways and trails are perfect places to walk. Many of them are shaded – which is great for the summer heat – just be aware of what is going on around you.
- Some area churches have fitness facilities for their members. Have you inquired at your church?
- A gym. There is always a treadmill (or 20). Some gyms have walking/running tracks.
- Your den, in place. Great for rainy days or when you just can’t leave your house.
- Work in an office with stairs? Walk them before work, after work, during lunch, or during your breaks.
- Beautiful day? Walk around your office building.
- The ZOO! Check out all the animals and get in a walk at the same time.
Safety tip – If you are walking alone, make sure someone knows where you are, what path/trail you take, and when you are expected back. You might consider carrying a whistle or mace along with your cellphone.
Walking 101: What to Do While Walking
Not going to lie, sometimes I get bored walking (especially at the 30-minute mark. Here are some things you can do while walking:
- Listen to music! This is one of my favorites to do while I walk. I always find the better the music, the faster I walk.
- Listen to a TV show or movie. I do this also. I have quite a few videos on my iphone and sometimes listening to them is what motivates me.
- Walk with a friend. Walking always seems to go faster when you are walking with a friend or two.
- Phone a friend. Don’t have a friend to walk with? Call one and catch up!
- Enjoy the scenery and stop to take pictures! Especially when walking in new areas, stop and enjoy your surroundings and take a picture or two.
- Plan your day/week in your mind. Think about what you need to accomplish that day or during the week. Have a phone with a voice recorder? Leave yourself notes.
- HYDRATE! Don’t forget to drink your water.
Walking 101: Walking Websites
Here are a few walking websites to check out:
- The Walking Site
- Walking Connection
- WalkScore – check out your neighborhood’s walkscore. Ours actually gets a 0. Says all errands require a car. That’s actually true.
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