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14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas!


  • 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
    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
    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

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