Why I Like Walking Alone

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Don't get me wrong. I really do enjoy walking with a friend. They help motivate me, give me someone to talk to and the time can go by quite a bit more quickly. But I find that I really enjoy walking alone for as well.

* My energy level changes on a day to day basis and, invariably, whatever my energy level is, my partner's is the opposite. Sometimes it's not so bad when they have a higher level than I do - it makes me want to push myself more. But sometimes I really CAN'T keep up and it makes it more difficult for me to do. And when I've got a higher energy level.... well, let's just say I'm still close enough to the beginning of my New Me that I don't have that higher energy level daily and I want to take advantage of it when I can.

* I get a chance to listen to audio books. I love to keep my brain active, especially when I'm walking. It get bored and slow down too much if I don't have something to keep my mind off of the walking itself. Music is good every once in awhile, but I've found I do even better with a book.

* I can stop when I need to without feeling guilty. I like to carry a camera with me on my walks so I can get some pictures. And to take a decent picture, you need to stop (at least, I do). My stops last no more than a minute max, usually closer to 30 seconds. But whenever I stop, I feel guilty because I'm holding someone else up. And those 30 to 60 second stops actually HELP me. My legs get a second to "breath" and then I get back to picking up the pace again.

* I feel like I'm focusing 100% on me. I'm keeping up with what feels good with my body, how it works and what I need at that moment. My brain can wander to something else while listening to music or an audio book without me worrying if I've missed something important. It really feels like an experience that is all about me, and I need that sometimes.

I won't stop walking with my friends. They help keep me motivated and prod me when I have moments where I want to choose the lazier thing rather than the healthier thing. But I'm going to try to get out to walk on my own more regularly as well.
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  • JONI606
    thanks for the inspiration. I was looking for some up-sides to walking alone.
    2394 days ago
    I've never walked alone because my husband is always by my side, but he basically allows me to "call the shots" so I never feel like I'm slowing him down. However, I know exactly what you mean... when I walk with others, I tend to be a slow walker, no matter how fast I try to go... my stride just isn't very long I guess (or my legs rub together so much it's much harder work for me, lol).

    And, Since I'm an artist, I would previously stop to notice things alot, the way the sunlight plays through the tree branches and every singly flower pushing up through the soil. But now that I've determined to get this weight off, my focus is much more on how aerobic I can make my walks rather than the details of the scenery.

    I LOVED jogging with your son, Teddy last Saturday!!! He was a GREAT pace horse for me, I've never jogged as much as I did that day! Let's do that again sometime and you can go at your own pace with me and never feel like you are slowing anyone down... I totally relate to the stopping to take photos, and needing a breather.
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    2942 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2011 12:15:02 PM
  • ANNE1123
    Walking alone can be very meditative, it's a good time to sort things out and pray or make up a song, I sometimes sing to myself as I walk. I also know I walk faster, like you do, when I'm alone and I can't always adjust my pace with someone else.

    Great blog, thanks for the post! emoticon emoticon
    2943 days ago
    I prefer to walk and work out by myself, too. And I LOVE audio books!
    2943 days ago
    I like walking with my husband...but also enjoy walking alone. My big reason for my alone walks is that it gives me time to think and work things out or plan my day. I am much more productive on my alone walk days.
    2943 days ago
  • SHELLEY202
    I know what you mean. I prefer to do a lot of my walking solo because I can put on my headphones and I get to really get inside my head. It's the best time for me to really think and work out my stresses. It's my free therapy!
    2943 days ago
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