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10 Things to Do While Walking

By Edited Feb 22, 2016 0 9
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Walking is an awesome “sport”: it is free, you can do it anytime, you don’t need to change or shower (as long as you don’t climb hills or stairs!), you don’t need to check with the doctor if it’s ok for you to walk (in most of the cases), you don’t need physical preparation and it can choose how long it will last every time! Also, because you don’t need to go to a specific place (such as the gym) or at a specific time (as for a football match with friends or a class booking), it is very flexible and gives you a different experience every time. The only con you might tell me is: “I get bored”. But now even that is not an excuse, because I’m going to give you a list of 10 things that you can do while walking, that will help you be more productive, relax or learn. You’ll be looking forward to the next when the walk is over!

1. Listening to a podcast/radio show

If you regularly listen to a podcast or radio show, this might be your right time to go for a walk. Instead of settling in the sofa for the rest of the afternoon, why don’t you have a 1h walk while you listen to that exciting episode of your favorite business podcast, or you schedule your walk during the 4pm crime story series on BBC radio that you got hooked to a year ago?

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2. Learning a new language/improving your language skills

I agree that you cannot go for a walk and start talking French to strangers in the middle of the street, BUT, you can always do your listening right? It will save you some language learning time at home, and you mentioned your kids don’t stop shouting while you try to listen to your French tapes, so put them in your iPod and learn French on the go.

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3. Planning your next week/a particular event

Planning always takes time and careful thinking. Whether for your work next week, your holidays or your wedding, it’s always good to have a clear idea in your mind of what you want to do in the future. So why not balancing pros and cons of, say, going to California with your parents this summer instead of Florida with your friends? If you need to make a mental note, try to have a voice recorder or your phone at hand – you can use software like Dictadroid or Evernote to both record and turn speech into text. If you are walking in a crowded street this might be a bit weird, but you can think of it as if you were talking on the phone with someone, or you can walk in streets that are less busy (or the countryside).

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4. Meditating about your current situation and your future

If you are having problems or you want to change something in your life, you want to talk to yourself in private. Try to find out why you got to that situation in the first place, what is it that you really want to achieve and how you can get there from where you are.

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5. Walking with a family member/friend

This is an excellent time to catch up with that friend from school that you haven’t seen for two months. Establish a routine of walking to your favorite pub instead of taking the car (this way you can drink your two pints and not feel guilty that you’re going to drive home later, and your walk back will help eliminate the alcohol effects before you see your wife at home).

6. Visiting new areas of your city (always safely)

Ever had some friends come over to your town who asked for the top 10 places they should visit, and you know none? There you go, visit those places yourself and give them a guide’s insights on what’s the best route to cover the 20 unknown gems of (name your town). They will be thrilled! Or better still, be their guide.

Just make sure that the areas you’re exploring are safe for newbies.

7. Enjoying the beautiful countryside

There is one thing that I love to do that will recharge anyone’s batteries: observing nature. Walking in nature can balance the confusion and stress of everyday life, and helps segregate of endorphins to the brain.

There is nothing better to feel alive than a walk in the countryside: it relaxes the senses, invigorates our legs and makes us feel better because it minimizes the problems with such grandeur and beauty. It makes us feel in communion with life itself because, in essence, we belong to nature.

You can do this in the weekends, if you have a countryside house, or you can do it in the largest park of your city or town, preferably in the early morning when there are less people (this will also give you the early bird feeling). Having breakfast at home after a walk in the nature is one of the best experiences I have ever had.

8. Listening to music

As a standalone thing to do, this can help you relax and synchronize with your walking pace. In addition, you can use the music to inspire you with new projects or ideas, plan your wedding soundtrack or think about the new album you’re going to offer your mate for his birthday. Or try new music you had never heard of before.

9. Getting back home from work

Having a definite goal is the best motivation to keep walking. If you work a 30min walk away from home, start saving on fuel and exercise everyday!

10. Calling a friend

Sometimes we don’t have the time to catch up with all the friends we have. Maybe this week, instead of going three times to the gym, go twice and have a 1 hour chat with your friend who moved to Hawaii, while you stretch your legs. You will give him a pleasant surprise.

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Jun 22, 2013 11:29pm
Awesome article. I've just started walking again and sometimes I'm not in the mood for music so this gives me some great ideas for other things to do. :)
Jun 23, 2013 12:26am
Thanks dmc! Keep it up with the walking. And enjoy :)
Jun 24, 2013 2:14am
Nice ideas! You can also listen to a book. More and more have an audio version.
Jun 24, 2013 4:05am
Right!! Audiobooks! How could I forget about that one?
Jun 24, 2013 5:37pm
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Jun 24, 2013 5:37pm
Great article.I like the way you matched your content with amazon products.I'm a newbie at IB and I'll be reading your articles and i'm sure I'll learn something.
Jun 25, 2013 12:22am
Thanks loveoftheuniverse! I think the greatest advice of all is: have fun with what you write.
Jun 24, 2013 6:45pm
I had never thought of walking as a sport, but I suppose that it could be. You could call it the cheapest sport in the world, because it is free. Listening to a Podcast is a great idea because you can be informed and entertained while getting great exercise. Walking allows you to get away from the stress of life and clear your mind. I never thought that walking had so many benefits. Thank you mariuski!
Jun 25, 2013 12:21am
Yes walking is amazing! The great thing is that you can do it for hours, you don't need to get tired and even the elderly can do it!
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