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"Reading" While You Walk



I check out books on CD at my local library and listen on an inexpensive portable CD player while I walk . Losing yourself in a book means losing track of time and I easily double or triple what I had planned! emoticon

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CD players can be found for around $20.

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  • I try to read on the exercise bike, forget it. There is no way, I can hold the book steady and read. On the treadmill, I have to put my head so far forward to read, there's no way, I can do that either. Listening sounds just perfect. emoticon so much. - by LESLIE56
  • I do the same by downloading books on my phone or mp3 player. Not only does time go quickly, but I look forward to the next part of the book and it gets me out walking. It is good to choose a reader with energy, though, so you keep up your pace! - by AEHEGE
  • I have doing this for a few years now. I just have to make sure I get a book that has a great reader so my pace doesn't slow down. - by ANGIEINTRAINING
  • I record my class lecture's and listen to them while I walk, should never stop reading completley but I sure do remember more this way. - by GISELE86
  • I listen to books on tape while browsing the internet, doing crafts, cooking, but never thought to take it on the road. Wow. This is great. - by GRALAN
  • the original treadmill i walked on hand a place that held a book/magazine so you could read...someone broke this machine so more reading and walkng. music/tv is now my workout (walking) partner. - by PROPMAN1
  • Great. Thanks - by DELLMEL
    Thanks for sharing. - by BANNERMAN
  • This is a fantastic idea!
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  • I congratulate you that you can walk smoothly enough for this to work. I can't. - by WOOFERCOALBOY
  • OWLVR54
    I think I will try this sometime while I am walking on the treadmill. Thanks for the suggestion.

    emoticon - by OWLVR54
  • I download books from the library to my IPOD and listen to adventure or mystery stories every morning on my 40 minute walk/jog. I look forward to it every day cause I get engrossed in my "book". Doesn't cost me a thing, either, just a little time going online to get the "book". I use books on CD during my commute, but for a different reason. When traffic is bad I don't mind cause I am into my book. No more road rage! - by DSHONEYC
    emoticon Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon - by LOVINGKATE
  • What a great idea - by SJKENT1
    Me too. I have a little MP3 player, comfortable headphones, and get more than half my reading done on the elliptical. It makes me look forward to exercise. - by VAINVT
  • I read on my Nook while using the recumbent bike. It does make the time fly! - by MRSTAZMAYO
  • I cant wait to try this! emoticon emoticon emoticon - by JACKSMOM1114
  • GREAT idea! Thank you! - by MRSRIGS1
    love this idea
    - by LCRUMLEY81
  • Great idea, thanks for sharing. - by AMBER461
    Thanks for sharing. - by BANNERMAN
  • Great idea. - by DELLMEL
  • Great idea! emoticon - by CLARALAW
  • That's a great idea as long as people don't get so lost in the book they can't be aware of their surroundings when walking outside. - by 1LAZYCOOK
    I do this while I walk and sometimes while I work in the garden or clean the house. These are the only times I let myself listen to the book, so it becomes a 'treat'. - by VAINVT
  • Great idea! you can probably get more books done this way than just reading. I like Ginger89's comment about class lectures since i am in college now. - by POETLKNG2LOSE
  • mp3player love it. cd player= I bounce too much - by MISSILENE
  • Thanks - by LEANMEAN2
    Great idea!
    emoticon - by FRIENDOFBACH
  • Thanks, good info! - by WATCHINW8
    great idea - by SLIMMINJENN
    Thanks Great idea.
    - by BANNERMAN
    Oh I never thought of that, great idea! - by LREIGLE
  • Many good books will get listened to this spring and summer by all. - by AUNTB63
  • I do this both walking and doing data entry work- makes time go by much faster!
  • This is a great idea, I think I might buy my mom a portable cd player and then choose books for her at the library. What a great way to help someone with cataracts and other reading problems.
    Thanks for giving me a creative wat to help her manage the changes of aging! - by CHERYLSBUTT
  • love it ! even my music is getting a bit boring so a book would be a great way to fill that exercise time - thanks ! - by WALKSINLIGHT
  • As others have mentioned you can download to you phone or MP3 player. However, if you don't have either of these things check with your local library. Mine offers books on their own MP3 player. - by MIKEYCO
  • Wow, great idea! emoticon - by GINGERVISTA
    Great idea!!! Just remember to keep your form. emoticon emoticon - by DEARTOMYHEART
  • Audio books sounds great. - by HYATTI1
  • I've tried reading while on the treadmill and it just doesn't work for me. I like listening to the radio (especially sports broadcasts) while walking outside, but I don't often do that because I want to be aware of my surroundings -- especially traffic when I need to cross streets. - by SHOYER
  • My Nook comes in really handy for this. - by JILLWABLE
  • Thank you for sharing this tip. I will try it and go to the library. Thanks again, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon - by MOONCHILD8
  • I do the same thing. I love it...but then again, I listed to audiobooks on my iPod when I clean, driving into & home the office. I'm addicted, so it's good that borrowing the books is free! - by JHUNTER0624
  • neat idea - by CMORISAK
    Kindle works for me along with audio books or sometimes it's Text-To-Speech function - pretty neat! I've lost 20 pounds by walking + tracking my food on SparkPeople <3 Have a lovely day, everyone! ;) - by ANGIEBEE312
  • I just check out a really neat player from the library all I had to add was a battery and my head phones. It really is nice to walk and listen. - by MACMOM57
  • great idea!!!! I had hooked up a book holder on my tredmill, and really enjoyed reading while I walkes
    d. my treadmill finally pooped out and I cant afford a new one- I love this tip! - by 1HOTTAMALE
  • great idea and good comments. - by SELF-LOVE
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  • yeah, i am so glad you didn't say reading while on the treadmill... i've had the worst crick in my neck from that this week!!! NEVER AGAIN! - by AIMIE32

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