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14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas!


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  • 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
    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

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