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14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

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  • My mother was a Girl Scout leader. She took us on "Wild Paper Hunts." Not only is it good for the environment. I get to stoop and work the knees differently from time to time. - 5/25/2016 10:47:11 PM
  • I learned as a young child to walk to school and back - uphill both ways. Barefoot often enough, and sometimes in deep snow. Sometimes a mean dog would chase me, and I would have to walk faster. Of course, that riled up the dog, who saw it as a game (I thought he had a carnivorous taste for little boys).

    I still go back to the old neighborhood and marvel at how this route really could have been uphill, both ways. There, a faded rusty sign hangs: "Steep ascent ahead. No shoes or dog leashes permitted." The same post holds the same sign, back to back, facing both directions. - 3/20/2016 11:09:40 AM
  • When I walk outside I can't avoid hitting hills - they're all around me! If I start out going downhill I will eventually have to walk uphill to get home! My walk to the library downtown yesterday included a bit of uphill to start then mostly downhill and flats. Reverse that on the way home and it is mostly uphill with a bit of downhill on the final stretch! - 1/6/2016 11:30:06 AM
  • I love to try to beat my own time, so do speed walking when I can, and I love walking outside..but today it's raining, so did a workout indoors today. I walk outside when I can. Saturday while in Lincoln, Maine, I walked a 3.38 mile walk with a REALLY STEEP hill!! LOL and then later that day my hubby and I walked in our woods on our logging property to see how the logger is doing as far as cutting cleanly and doing the trees my husband wanted. (150 acres). It was a great walk with TONS of balsam...so smelled like Christmas in there! brought some boughs home for wreaths! - 11/11/2015 10:09:19 AM
  • I'm really glad to be back on the treadmill again! I had one that I wore out, but that was years ago. And I used to walk backwards on it (at a very low speed). Walking outdoors is my preference, but so much of the year it is either rainy, too cold, too hot, crazy drivers ( we're in the country, a narrow road with a fog line, no sidewalk or bike path).

    My treadmill is set up to look out over the pond and meadow . . . so I'm on my way! - 9/15/2015 1:09:27 PM
  • Whenever the opportunity arises, I walk backwards. And when my body permits, I'll had skipping. - 9/6/2015 9:07:37 AM
  • JSLYNCH
    when I walk, I frequently add a double back flip with a full twist. and frequently back flip, back flip, back flip, front flip, front flip, front flip ... and some times I go out to the freeway at night and try to run across all lanes ... that adds some excitement ... - 8/8/2015 2:15:02 AM
  • when my kids and I go walking, we take a basket ball, soft ball, tennis ball something to that nature and play catch or we just kick a rock or bottle or something so its more like play than exercising. - 3/21/2015 2:16:26 PM
  • I enjoy looking at nature, watching for birds, changes in the seasons, flowers, plants and landscape. Living in the country means that we might spot a deer, moose or even bear when we are walking.
    Chatting with a friend or my spouse is also enjoyable on a walk.
    Lately, avoiding falling on ice keeps me busy, too. - 2/27/2015 11:44:05 AM
  • I actually have started walking backwards some when walking with my 10 year old son. When he gets bored he will start walking backwards and I did it too just for fun. I'm glad it's good for you (I do go a lot slower though). - 2/27/2015 8:42:06 AM
  • I've started walking indoors in office building. We have one floor that we use as a track and walk around for 10-20 min in the morning and then the afternoon walk consists of taking the stairs for 7 or 8 flights. - 2/12/2015 10:54:43 AM
  • also add in geocaching! - 12/22/2014 7:38:12 PM
  • Sometimes I go on a regular walk, but do the trail in the opposite dirrection - 12/22/2014 7:37:40 PM
  • CRAMPERELLA
    Nordic Pole walking!!! - 9/17/2014 10:54:04 PM
  • I'm really enjoying walking now (since it's virtually fall in the upper midwest and nice and cool) and what I do is vary my path (sometimes I go through the park, sometimes I loop around a different street) and my speed. I've even added jog intervals. - 9/17/2014 12:48:28 PM

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