There was a time when walking was fun…you just may not remember it! When you first learned how to walk, it was new and exciting. You could move around like the “big people” and get into stuff. Now, walking is routine, but even more important. Walking can get you healthy and help keep you that way, and getting in your recommended 30 minutes a day of movement doesn’t have to be a chore or boring. Here are 21 fun ways to step your walking game up – no more excuses! Take the three week challenge and try a different one every day. See your body and mind transform!
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1. Walk with a friend.
Take a walk with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile and use that time to play catch up. The time will fly by!
2. Start or join a walking group.
Sites like Meetup.com make it easy to find other people in your area that want to get out and walk. For the ladies, check out GirlTrek and walk with your local group (or start your own team!).
3. Give yourself a reward.
Treating yourself to a nice dinner at the end of the week, or giving yourself $1 for every 10 minutes (30 minutes = $3) you walk might be the incentive you need to keep moving.
4. Buy a pedometer.
A pedometer counts your steps and if you’re feeling competitive this could become your best friend! It’s recommended to get in at 10,000 steps daily. Can you do it!
5. Walk across the country.
Now you can visit someplace new without leaving your neighborhood. Calculate how many miles there are between your city and your dream destination and challenge yourself to walk that many miles.
6. Skip the treadmill.
Walking without a change of scenery can get BORING. Keep your walks outdoors and only use a treadmill as a last resort.
Use your walking time to focus on your breathing and relax your mind.
8. Count calories.
Use an app on your phone to track how many calories you burn with each walk.
9. Call a friend.
Can’t get a friend to walk with you? Call them instead and spend the first few minutes of your walk to quickly catch up.
10. Watch the sunrise.
When’s the last time you’ve seen the sun RISE? Get up and out early and take in the glory of a new day.
11. “Read” a book.