People who have the habit (or simply have) to walk a lot get really many health benefits while engaging in the easiest and most natural exercise known to humanity. Even those who have no time for more strenuous exercising can gain by merely walking.
Walk to meet people
You agreed to meet your partner at the local supermarket? Why not step out of the house earlier, walk all the way there and enjoy the energetic motion?
Find out all places where you may want to go within a three-mile radius, where you can walk if you feel like it. Soon your walking distance may grow farther out – then you’ll understand that you have become more invigorated.
Walking about your affairs
If you walk (or jog) purely as an exercise, consider walking somewhere you want things done – the beauty salon, the bank, shops. You get healthier as your to-do list dwindles.
Mind that you will have to tote things, so get hold of a convenient backpack – or grab the opportunity to purchase a trendy basket.
People are apt to fall into habits. Try to alter your walking habit by striking off in another direction. It will instantly give you a different angle on the well-known world as well as an opportunity to burn some more calories.
Just begin to move in the opposite direction – and observe how the familiar world is changing. Watch for things you never saw before – or saw differently.
Suggest walking to the boss
As you are expecting the next scheduled discussion with the boss, tell her you could talk walking. In the office there are many distractions, while outside people feel freer and more inspired – you will find the conversation will be developing along quite different lines.
Prepare several good ideas to make your walk brighter, strike more stringent notes.
Look around your office and find other routes to get about on foot more than you usually do.
Try a walk in the rain
As soon as the rain begins to drizzle, people take shelter. Yet a walk in the falling rain is something special, refreshing and re-loading your emotional state.
Don’t pick the umbrella – go for heavy boots, and a thick hooded slicker. Walk through the elements feeling rain drizzle fresh on your face, and see how the world is reacting to the deluge.
Walk off irritation
If you have been angered, try to express it with your legs instead of your arms. Anger will make you set a fairly high speed, and the adrenaline is sure to deal with your stress hormones and calm you down just as surely as it will burn weight.
You might feel like discussing your state of affairs, then, invite a friend, the partner, or a colleague along. During the conversation you won’t notice how quickly time (and miles) will fly, and it’s guaranteed you will feel exhilarated after this kind of walk.
Walk your marriage up
You and your partner no longer find it easy to find topics for conversations? When did you take a walk together last time? Invite him for a walk about a well-chosen place, sans smartphones or iPads, and tune yourself to be sentimental and open-hearted.
Don’t begin with important issues. Discuss the news, celebrities, friends, comment on the things you see around. If you feel you have established rapport, you can touch upon romantic stuff or serious issues. If not, don’t spoil the pleasure and just spend time together without turning the walk into a grave debate.
Walk in your mind
It happens that you could give your muscles almost the same kind of shake-up if you concentrate on imagining yourself taking an energetic walk. It’s like basketball players who rehearse their performance in their minds.
While a normal walk should last about 40-50 minutes, it might be you cannot spare it so much time. If so, you won’t lose by cutting it into three strolls a quarter of an hour long. This way you will have your metabolism woken up into heavy action several times a day, and eventually you could even dispose of more calories.
The main thing if you go for this attitude: don’t try to allot time for exercising, but be alert for any opportunity to exert yourself. You don’t interrupt your activities to go to the gym for a long spell, but insert short sportive episodes as a logical part of your daily schedule.
Walking for solutions
The simple occupation of walking is somehow very inspiring when you want to sort out things in your mind. What seemed a real stumping-block with no way around it when sitting could begin to gradually dissolve as you shuffle along the street.
Don’t try to crack the problem from the start. Play around with it, then take your mind off it, letting the subconscious tackle it, and hope it will come up with a solution – it is highly likely to.
Walking for spiritual purposes
When you find your soul requires your attention, it doesn’t always mean you have to dart to a church or to a cathedral. You may achieve the goal just by taking a brisk stroll around holy places.
Concentrate on whatever you are blessed with, or devote the time of your walk to the one you love or to somebody who is addressing an issue. Then again, maybe you will just want to spend some time on your own.
Park off and walk
You commute in a car? Consider parking some way off your office, parking your car and leg the rest of the way. You may find it easier to park, save up on gas, put in exercise, and energize against the working day.
Make a point of keeping a change of clothes tucked away in the office. If you walk to the office, leave home dressed casually, an change into formal attire upon reaching the office.
There are a lot of people around you who struggle for sound sleep. There’s stress, worries, caffeine, all of which conspire to derive people of relieving sleep. Walking before bedtime is sure to help you relax and dose off without noticing it.