Fitness Articles

14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks

Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas!

2.5KSHARES
Experiment with different stride lengths during your workouts. Try shorter and faster strides or slower and medium-length strides. You can try entire workouts at a new stride length, or change it up every minute or two. Different stride lengths and speeds will challenge your muscles in different ways so you can keep seeing progress.

Take Your Dog
Fido will ensure you are walking at a good pace. For an average person (and dog), you're probably in your target speed range when your dog is "trotting" too. Be careful--if Fido tends to pull a lot, it might be dangerous for him. Get more information about walking with your dog.

Change Direction
People move forward, and walking is no exception. As long as you're careful and don't have any balance issues, walking laterally or even backwards can be a good way to add a little variety to your program. Sideways walking is probably easiest and poses the fewest risks. Keep your body facing in one direction and focus on the movement of your outer and inner thighs as you step to the side. Don't forget to go both ways (lead with the right leg, but don't forget to turn the other way to lead with the left leg, too). On the treadmill, try a very slow speed with 0% incline. You can hold on to the railings for support.
Vary Your Program
There are countless of simple ways you can change up your walking routine, from experimenting with different workout durations (short, medium or long), different workout intensities (low, moderate and high), and even different days of the week. The more you change things up, the better your results will be, even as you continue to get more fit.
‹ Previous Page   Page 3 of 2  
2.5KSHARES

Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

More Great Features

Connect With SparkPeople

Subscribe to our Newsletters

About The Author

Nicole Nichols Nicole Nichols
Nicole was named "America's Top Personal Trainer to Watch" in 2011. A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, she loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Her DVDs "Total Body Sculpting" and "28 Day Boot Camp" (a best seller) are available online and in stores nationwide. Read Nicole's full bio and blog posts.

Follow Coach Nicole Online:
Follow Me on Pinterest Instagram

Member Comments

  • 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
  • very very helpful thanks for your advices - 3/20/2014 10:56:03 AM
  • I like mixing my walking up when my son goes with me so he's not bored. We walk backwards, skip, hop, and lunges. Never thought to walk sideways we will have to throw that into the mix. - 10/24/2013 11:47:22 PM
  • I recently started downloading audiobooks to my phone and listening to those while I go on my daily walk at lunch. Now, instead of finding excuses not to go out and walk, I can't wait to go so I can find out what happens next in whatever novel I'm listening to. - 10/24/2013 7:23:44 PM
  • I live in the country and love to go walking in the afternoons, but recently my fiance was in a bad car accident. He is recuperating and I don't really have time to go walking much right now. So if you guys could pray for a fast recovery for my fiance that would be great! - 10/24/2013 3:55:37 PM
  • There are always other people on the trails where I walk, and saying hello to them is what I look forward to.

    Pumping my arms helps to keep my hands from swelling, in addition to helping with the stride and increasing intensity.

    I've heard some negative advice about ankle weights while walking. My knees are telling me that the walking shoes are plenty heavy by themselves.

    - 10/24/2013 11:47:45 AM
  • NATURELADY101
    Some good ideas here...I like walking backwards, too. And I tried walking sideways...couldn
    't go too far but it was a challenge. As an added bonus, any time a person changes a routine it's good for keeping the brain 'tuned' and younger, too! What a deal, at LEAST two specific benefits for the price of a walk! :) - 10/24/2013 8:42:16 AM
  • I try walking in different places to keep me alive. - 9/2/2013 1:11:13 PM
  • I love walking backwards. I got so bored and knew every crevice and road kill on the side of the road and then I discovered the fun of walking backwards. It was good that I knew the road so well because it helped me know to watch out for that dried out squished frog! I sure have gotten some looks though. lol I also like to walk while reading a book. Walking becomes effortless when you're absorbed in a book. Now, I've done backwards and reading at the same time, but I wouldn't recommend it. Too many senses pulled off of your safety. - 8/22/2013 9:01:25 AM
  • I started dancing on my treadmill...It's fun...At first I didn't think I would like it.But after 45 minutes I fell in love...It's fun too. - 2/15/2013 3:45:18 PM
  • I've always wanted to try geocaching. Not really sure where to start... except maybe with a GPS unit. - 2/13/2013 9:29:27 PM
  • KVJORDAN
    Very helpful information. - 12/23/2012 12:42:29 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    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
  • KVJORDAN
    Very interesting. - 12/2/2012 4:04:37 PM
Popular Calories Burned Searches: Croquet  |  Curling  |  Digging: Heavy

x Lose 10 Pounds by January 29! Get a FREE Personalized Plan