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14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas!

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  • 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
  • PEPONI
    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
  • CATHEITE
    Thanks for all the great ideas. I like the thought of changing my stride length, as well as skipping. LOL. Why not? - 12/27/2009 10:21:08 AM
  • My favorite way of adding interest to my walking program is to do it in different parks, trails, beaches, even zoos and museums--something I can't do often since most of them charge and I am poor, but it does add nice scenery. The starting, stopping, delays when trapped behind slow-moving tourists decreases the cardio benefit, but nevertheless a trip to a museum burns a lot of calories. I did shell-out a $60 membership fee to a local statuary garden that gives me unlimited use for the year and a wide variety of trails. - 9/19/2009 2:07:33 PM
  • Once in a while if the gym isn't crowded I walk backwards on the treadmill. Usually just for a short bit at the end. But it really feels different (I guess different muscles are used), almost like stretching, which I do anyway at the end. - 8/27/2009 3:09:27 PM
  • I have been walking for a month now and if I can't get my heart rate up I increase my pace and do interval's. It seems to help! - 7/15/2009 2:36:59 PM
  • I have been walking for a month now and if I can't get my heart rate up I increase my pace and do interval's. It seems to help! - 7/15/2009 2:36:52 PM
  • I have been walking for a month now and if I can't get my heart rate up I increase my pace and do interval's. It seems to help! - 7/15/2009 2:35:49 PM
  • CRAZYFEET
    I like the part about trying to walk sideways or backwards. I'll have to try that.
    I try tot ake smaller steps and Wow! It really works my legs more! - 6/23/2009 2:37:09 PM
  • I like the part about taking the dog. I have two dogs and they have gotten adjusted to walking fast so I have to kind of keep up with them even when I don't want to. - 5/8/2009 11:40:55 AM
  • My employer sets up regular challenges to encourage us to get exercise and walking is one we do a couple times a year for 10 to 16 weeks. Last year, we set target goals like picking a city on the map and seeing what other city we could get to by counting up our total mileage. Maybe you too want to walk from Sacramento to San Francisco, or Tucson to Sante Fe, Tampa Bay to Miami etc. When we got to our goal location - and it could be in any country - many people rewarded themselves by doing something connected to that place. If you walked for example from Chicago to Detroit, have a party with your walking partners and play old Motown records and dance! Or you walked to Oshkosh from Milwaukee - assemble and paint a model airplane and learn about the air museum and its historic annual fly-in. I had vacation during that time and so set my walking to coincide with the state we would be visiting. I bought special postcards while we were traveling to decorate my cubicle at work as a reminder of how far I've come. - 4/3/2009 1:37:15 AM
  • SAGLOVER
    I like hiking the Columbia Bottoms Nature trail of north St. Louis County overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Picking up litter has a two fold benefit. (1) The twisting, bending, stooping, provides additional exercise. (2) The trail is cleaner. Pretty good idea to wear gloves. - 3/18/2009 2:26:57 AM
  • Taking our dogs adds a bit of stop and go interval variety. Also, towards the middle part of the route - there's a nice flat area, that I like to skip as we go through it. Skipping helps explosiveness for competitive atheletes.

    If your joints and bones allow it - give skipping a try! - 3/14/2009 9:19:23 AM

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