Make Your Daily Walk More Fun – 5 Ways
If you’re taking a daily walk for the sake of health and fitness, that’s a commendable habit to keep. Regular exercise like this will benefit your heart, lungs, and circulation, as well as keep your joints and muscles in good shape, not forgetting your figure too. But walks done for commitment’s sake can soon start to feel like tedious chores, so if you’re encountering this, it’s time for a new approach. Here are five ways to turn your daily commitments into enjoyable experiences to relish every time:
1. Explore unfamiliar places
Take your walk-in new directions. Explore roads you’ve never ventured down before and see where they lead. Perhaps you’ll arrive at a familiar junction but from a new angle, or maybe you’ll find yourself in a square or green space you knew nothing about. There may be interesting architecture to inspect, driveways and doorways to peep into, and street names you’ve not come across before. Who knows what other intriguing details you may notice along the way, too? You could either use a map for guidance or just follow your impulse. Try different turnings every day, for constant variety.
2. Take binoculars
If you possess or can borrow a pair of binoculars, you’ll spot things you never saw before on your customary walks. Without invading anyone’s privacy, you can inspect buildings in detail, follow birds on their flights, and enjoy vistas that just looked like blurs before. Climb a hill and survey your whole neighbourhood through the binoculars. What landmarks can you identify? Turn slowly around for a fascinating bird’s eye panorama.
3. Collect items of interest
Turn your walk into a collecting challenge, perhaps with a creative purpose for your return. Depending on your environment and interests, you might collect fallen leaves, pine cones, grasses, pebbles, or shells, for instance. Alternatively, take a notebook and pen and collect interesting names of streets or houses. A practical purpose like this will give you an incentive for your walks and may inspire follow-on artwork, ornamental arrangements, or creative writing, depending on your artistic leanings.
4. Take a ball or kite
If you have a ball, kite, or another outdoor activity item available, take it with you and head to a public space where you can use it. No one is ever too old to throw, kick, or bounce a ball. As for kite-flying, you’ll probably find yourself adorning the sky for admiring onlookers, as well as for yourself. If you have a selection of activity props, take a different one each day, to vary the fun. If you have a lake, river, or beach nearby, this could open up further possibilities, such as pebble-skimming, toy boat sailing, and paddling.
5. Meet friends
If you have friends or relatives nearby, why not walk over to see them? Alternatively, invite them to meet you somewhere – but far enough away from your home to ensure you get the exercise you need. A meet-up in town need not involve any expense, of course, as a public seat will do fine for a chat. If your friend wants to get fit like you, they’ll appreciate the incentive for a walk, too. How about making your meet-ups regular arrangements, for the benefit of all involved?
When you make your walks fun, they’ll turn into daily highlights to look forward to. Start with these ideas or your top favourites from the list, and they’ll probably spark even more ideas for you. Meanwhile, you’ll be getting fitter with every step.