3 Ways to Spice Up Your Walking Workout

Walking is one of the best basic exercises. It can be done almost anywhere and, although you do need a decent pair of shoes, it doesn’t really require any equipment beyond that. But maybe you are getting a bit bored with it. Here are some ways to spice it up.

Get a Walking Buddy.
Especially if you are having trouble finding time to socialize, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting a buddy to join you for your workout. Walking and talking go together nicely. People are typically very comfortable having conversations side by side like this.

It can not only make your walks less boring, it can deepen existing friendships or be the start of new ones. Or get your spouse or S.O. to join you. You may surprised to find it reviving your relationship as well, and without the hassle and expense of seeing a couples counselor.

Explore Your Local Area.
Modern life can be surprisingly confining. Many of us work long hours and also have long commutes. The result is that we sit in our car, sit at our desk, then sit in our car. Then we drive to the gym to walk on a treadmill.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Get a map of your city or neighborhood to carry with you, or just spend some time online looking at the satellite view on Google Maps. You can use a watch or pedometer to tell you that you have hit the halfway mark and it is time to turn around and go home. This gives you substantial freedom to walk new places and learn new things about the place you live.

Have A Destination.
If going for our regular walk for exercise fails to excite you, then start walking as a means to get to different places you want to go. Find a movie theater or other destination that you think you would enjoy and only go when you can walk there. You can also try out new restaurants as your reward, as long as you don’t go overboard on the calories. Enjoy your treat at the end, then turn around and walk home for some additional exercise.

Walking is great exercise with long term potential. If it is starting to bore you, you can spice it up by getting a buddy, going exploring or picking new destinations.

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Finding a Way to Create a Healthy Lifestyle

The first step in living a healthier lifestyle is to make the decision to be proactive about your own health. Healthy living means that you are going to make long-term changes to your daily life instead of following a short-term fad. While this may seem like an overwhelming commitment at first, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to make your daily life healthier right now.

1. Increase the number of steps you walk each day.

If the idea of getting to the gym to exercise seems too daunting or boring for you, then start by simply wearing a pedometer and trying to gradually increase your step count each day. If you can eventually work your way up to 10,000 steps a day, you will be getting plenty of physical activity.

2. Start cutting down on processed foods.

Finding your way to a healthier diet can start by simply cutting out junk food as fast as you can. Instead of just reducing your portion size for everything you eat, try to eat more of the nutritious foods that your body needs, such as fruits and vegetables, and less of foods that are pre-packaged or contain high amounts of processed sugar.

3. Stay mentally engaged.

Find ways to change up your normal routine each day to challenge your brain to work in new ways. This will help fight off mental decline as you age. Keeping your mind sharp can also help to fight off depression. A fun way to give your brain a workout is to try to learn something new, such as signing up for a language class.