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Ways to Pep Up a Boring Walk

Walking is a great form of exercise because it's free, easy, low impact so you're less likely to get injured and can burn calories and tone your lower body at the same time. It's not the most exciting form of exercise though, so here are some ways to pep it up.

  • Trade iPods with a friend and listen to her music instead. It's bound to be different and might be just the thing to inspire you to walk faster.
  • If you don't have a buddy to walk with, talk on the phone while you walk. Catching up with a friend is a great way to pass the time.
  • Change your technique. Take big steps, walk sideways, walk diagonally, do walking lunges, walk backwards, or skip. This is great for the treadmill, too.
  • If you're outside, play a game with yourself. Like every time you see a red car, you walk as fast as you can until you see another red car.
  • If you're walking on a treadmill, keep a little notebook and a pencil close by so you can jot down ideas for your job or make a to-do list. If you're outside, it would be safer to use a portable tape recorder instead.
  • You can also read a book or magazine while walking on the treadmill (I wouldn't do this outside though).
  • Walk in a new place. Sometimes a change of environment is great inspiration. You can walk on a busy street that has lots of stores so you can window shop, or you can walk in the park or a mall and people watch.
  • 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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pluckyred pluckyred 8 years
I was going to say the same thing about cell phones and gyms, and also that talking on a cell phone on an outdoor walk can be dangerous. If you're not paying attention to what's around you it makes you more vulnerable to be attacked - and there's been a lot of posts about safety here lately. I don't understand cell phones in public for general social conversation. I remember a time when people left messages if they couldn't get in touch with a person, when people were less accessible. It wasn't a bad thing. If I have to make a call in public I make it short. (Maybe I should note that I'm 31 and that many of my peers have Blackberries.) Regarding the notebook and pencil idea: I'd think that it's the other way around, that it's safer to use a recorder on a treadmill. On the treadmill you're walking with momentum, making it harder to write. Outside you can stop more easily to jot things down or do it at red lights. Why is it safer to use a recorder outside?
LVC LVC 8 years
Please NO talking on phones in a busy gym! Its so rude!! I have actually asked someone next to me to please keep it down because she was SOOOO LOUD and incredibly rude in a BUSY gym. I may have seemed like a B****, but I,m sure everyone else around wanted to do the same thing!
MiamiStyleWatch MiamiStyleWatch 8 years
AHHH!! I can't believe that you encouraged someone to talk on the phone at the gym. It's one thing to talk if you're walking outside, but what is more annoying than trying to exercise with someone yapping away on the phone next to you? If you're too bored to walk, then pick something else to do and don't torture everyone else with tales of your new boyfriend!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love "borrowing" dogs! I walk my neighbor's dogs sometimes, or I'll go to the animal shelter and walk some of their dogs.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Ha. Ha. Just got back from walking my neighbor's dog. Think I'll have to borrow him more often!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
I have to agree with krampalicious - I think cell phones should be turned off and not used in public places like gyms, just as they are in restaurants. I go to the gym to carve out some me time (though I know I'm doing it around dozens of others) - I really don't want to hear the chick next to me yammering about her bikini wax or boyfriend troubles. I think we, as a culture, have be come chronic over-sharers, particularly as a result of cell phones being used anywhere and everywhere, with no regard to surroundings.
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
dude, people who talk on the phone on the gym machines annoy the crap out of me. it's one thing to do it walking down the street, but cramped up between two people who can everything you say? no thanks.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
And that's why I run :)
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