If you have knee pain, asthma, or just don't like running, walking for exercise is an excellent option. It's free, you can do it anywhere, and since it's low impact, you're less likely to injure yourself with this form of exercise. The only problem is that it can be very boring, so here are some ways to pep up your walks.
I have a few more suggestions, so keep reading.
- If you're walking on a treadmill, keep a little notebook and a pencil close by, or a portable tape recorder so you can jot down ideas for your job or make a to-do list. I have found I do my best problem solving and creative thinking when I am walking.
- Read a book or magazine, or watch your favorite TV show or movie while walking on the treadmill. If you're outside, listen to an an audio book or podcast.
- Walk in a new place. Sometimes a change of environment is great inspiration. Walk on a busy street that has lots of stores so you can window shop, or stroll in the park or a mall so you can people watch while you exercise.
- Borrow someone's dog and take him for a walk. You'll appreciate the company and he'll appreciate the fresh air.
Do you have any other ideas? If so, please share them in the comments section below.