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14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas!


    I get a great walking workout with the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos - without leaving my house. She incorporates walking in place, walking forwards and backwards, side steps, knee lifts, kicks, even jogging in some videos.

    She also includes upper body movements, changes of pace, and a cooldown & stretching segment. Who would ever think it's possible to get the equivalent of a 5-mile walk in 1 60-minute workout - all because of the pace of movement. Lots of motivation also. - 12/2/2012 4:23:49 PM
    Very interesting. - 12/2/2012 4:04:37 PM
  • Never considered the side step while getting in those miles. Thanks - 12/2/2012 2:37:18 PM
  • I love walking in my pool. It's just one of the round, above ground pools. I usually walk about 10 times around, it really gets the water moving, I then turn around & walk against the current. By the time I get to 10 the current is going the direction I am, so I turn around again. I'll have to wait until June to be able to do that again! - 12/2/2012 10:14:31 AM
  • You have to count the variations from right to left etc.. the get 14 - 9/16/2012 5:31:28 PM
  • I am going to add in ankle wieghts to my walks, and carry some small hand weights too. - 9/9/2012 4:51:13 PM
  • I gotta tell you that you have too many of these multiple examples that do not add up to the right number...I tink I counted 9 examples 5 short of the promise. Oh well.. - 9/9/2012 11:07:00 AM
  • Did anyone else notice there's only 7 ways listed, not 14??? Am I missing something? - 6/21/2012 5:23:02 PM
  • I live on 78 acres so i have a Great place to walk and Enjoy! Depending how i feel i have different routes some easier, some more strenuous and harder! I try to get in the Hills as much as possible! Every thing here is on an incline so its great and who needs a Gym when you have hills! Once in a while my energetic Cat Mr. BOB runs a long and will go a mile back to the woods! he goes up the trees and loves the hills! He looks down and if to say Hurry up Come on!!! I only wish i had all his energy id be.. slim! BONNIE - 4/28/2012 9:33:50 AM
  • Over a year ago, I rescued a Great Pyranese from the dog pound. He is a wonderful companion, but not so good about a walking companion. He will walk to the stop sign and back, 1/2 mile, but if I try to go past the stop sign he will pull back or sit down!!! He refuses to go any further. Then he limps on his front paw for about a week. He is not a fast paced dog, but a dog that likes to see the country side.

    I also like to look a birds and count how many different ones I see on my walks. If it is a long walk I like to think, pray or ponder certain subjects on my walks. - 11/5/2010 8:19:55 AM
  • My husband and I take 3 mi. walks at least 5 days a week. We walk in a beautiful park that has many paths, woods, & hills. We have lots of options for our walks and do not get bored. A great workout. - 7/23/2010 7:48:29 AM
  • Thanks for this article! I have been trying for a variety of ways to keep from getting bored with my walks. These ideas I can incooporate. - 6/3/2010 12:39:41 AM
  • I have been walking on the treadmill every day during much lunch hour, and i use 3 lb weights and do some arm exercises, like bicep curls and arm circles and such and it keeps my heart rate up higher and gives my arms a workout too. - 2/18/2010 8:07:19 AM
    I love taking long walks wearing my baby girl on a carrier. She is 7 kg and it adds on the intensity level of walking. We both love being outdoors and what a great way for me to lose the extra pregnancy pounds!!! - 2/12/2010 6:46:28 PM
  • I like to go on jogs, but when I walk I like to use the weight vest, it is 20 pounds and it adds a lot of challenge and makes the workout a lot more difficult. I don't recommend jogging in the vest, it is too hard on the joints for me. I also like to wear the little 3 pound wrist weights and pump my arms, move them in circles with my arms out and up , and lift them straight up in front to target the shoulders. This is fun, and it is also a very good workout. - 2/8/2010 10:57:12 PM

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