I'm trying to get back in shape and lose some weight. There's a great trail in my neighborhood that I go walking on, but I'm finding myself getting bored. Any exercises I can do on my walk to switch things up and take my workout to the next level?
Maybe do a mix of walking and jogging. Or put on some music that will get you in the zone.
Weighted vest. Sprint intervals. Walking lunges. Skip lol
Here are a few suggestions for making your daily walk interesting.
Try a pair of walking poles You’ll burn some extra calories and get a synergistic workout without the muscle strain that can occur from walking with weights.
Head for town or for the mall. Sometimes nature just isn’t calling. You may be more entertained window shopping. Walking errands you normally drive to can give you a different perspective on your neighborhood and having a specific destination can make the walk seem more purposeful.
Try out some tunes. Listening to music is always an invigorating option. Or download a pod cast or pick up some books on tape from your local library and listen while you walk. Just make sure you’re in a place that’s safe from hazards and where you’re not totally alone and unaware of your surroundings.
Seek out soothing scenery. Got water nearby? A walk around a lake or along a river or canal is always a pleasure. “Breathing in” the greenery and watery reflections can soothe your soul and reduce the effects of stress.
Access hills for at least a one day a week heart healthy challenge. If you’re a flat lander, find some stadium stairs or other architectural feature to include in a walk. Stair-climbing is a fast, efficient workout. I walk on a flat tow path for two miles, then climb five flights of steps up to a bridge that brings me back to my car down a different shady street
Be environmentally-conscious in your purpose. If you need to buy something - like milk or juice, head for a convenience store within walking distance and think about how you are helping to prevent climate change by leaving the car at home. Think about other walks you can do to help protect the climate, rather than taking the car.