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How to Beat Boredom When Walking For Exercise

Beat Boredom on Your Next Fitness Walk

If you have knee pain, asthma, or just don't like running, walking for exercise is an excellent option. It's free, you can do it anywhere, and since it's low impact, you're less likely to injure yourself with this form of exercise. The only problem is that it can be very boring, so here are some ways to pep up your walks.

  • Trade iPods with a friend and listen to her music instead. New tunes and playlists may be just the thing to inspire you to walk faster or for a longer amount of time.
  • If you don't have a buddy to strut with, talk on the phone while you walk. Catching up with a friend is a great way to pass the time. However, if you walk on a treadmill at a gym, be considerate of those around you, and skip the chat.
  • Change your stride. Take big steps, walk sideways, walk diagonally, try walking lunges, walk backwards, or skip. If you're on a treadmill, make sure you're varying your steps safely.
  • If you're outside, play a game with yourself, such as every time you see a red car, you walk as fast as you can until you see another red car.
  • I have a few more suggestions, so keep reading.

    • If you're walking on a treadmill, keep a little notebook and a pencil close by, or a portable tape recorder so you can jot down ideas for your job or make a to-do list. I have found I do my best problem solving and creative thinking when I am walking.
    • Read a book or magazine, or watch your favorite TV show or movie while walking on the treadmill. If you're outside, listen to an an audio book or podcast.
    • Walk in a new place. Sometimes a change of environment is great inspiration. Walk on a busy street that has lots of stores so you can window shop, or stroll in the park or a mall so you can people watch while you exercise.
    • Borrow someone's dog and take him for a walk. You'll appreciate the company and he'll appreciate the fresh air.

    Do you have any other ideas? If so, please share them in the comments section below.

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    fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
    I love the 'vary your steps' suggestion, but find that you get some strange looks if you're an adult who is skipping or lunging down the street. Particularly if you're also window-shopping. Remember the Monty Python bit on silly walks? Very John Cleese. :)
    insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
    I took my in-laws' dog running on Thanksgiving morning. Fastest mile I've ever run!
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