15 Ways To Walk

Jan 29, 2012 No Comments by

A GOOD WALK CAN BE FOR “ME” TIME “US” TIME OR “WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN” TIME, AS LONG AS YOU’RE OUT THERE

1.  THE MEET-YOU-THERE WALK

Instead of driving with your partner to the local shops, leave a bit earlier and meet him there-then catch a ride back home.

FIRST STEP If you walk normally a 5km loop in the neighbourhood, draw a circle on a map extending that far out in all directions from your home. This is your sphere of possibility (and it’ll grow larger as you get fitter). the feeling of purpose and independence you’ll gain from doing this type of walk will eventually lead to….

2. THE ERRAND WALK

Instead of just walking to get in shape, once or twice a week walk to get things done. The ATM, the supermarket, the post office, the beauty salon…. This is healthy, stress-free multi-tasking.

FIRST STEP You’ll need something to carry your stuff, so borrow a backpack, or take to carrying a couple of those eco-friendly, non-woven, 100% recyclable bags you can get from most supermarket check-outs these days.

3.  THE FIGURE-IT-OUT WALK

There’s something about putting one foot in front of the other that focuses the mind and brings clarity. A problem that might have overwhelmed you originally, or one that appeared to have no clear solution, will often solve itself during a brisk walk.

FIRST STEP Don’t dwell on the problem. Instead, think about it to start with, then let it go. Your subconscious will keeping working on it, and, before long, a solution will appear.

4. THE REVERSE WALK

We are creatures of habit. Break yours by occasionally walking your normal route in the opposite direction. It not only beats boredom, but it’ll wake you up to the world around you by helping you see things from fresh angles.

FIRST STEP Go left instead of right when you take your first step. make it a point to notice three things you never noticed when walking in your normal direction- and don’t forget how to get home!

5. THE GOING-NOWHERE-FAST WALK

For those days when the weather is too bleak and your timetable is even bleaker, head to the gym or your spare bedroom for a treadmill walk. No groaning, please. We know how boring this can be. So….

FIRST STEP Get a large-scale map of your state or some exotic country. Then, after each workout, highlight the distance you’ve covered across it. The next time someone asks how to got in such great shape, reply: “By walking from here to cairns!”

6. THE BETTER-MARRIAGE WALK

Worried that you and your spouse don’t talk anyone? Walking together can help. Excercise makes us more open, emotional and honest, plus it guarantees full attention.

FIRST STEP Keep it low-key to start. Discuss things you notice along the way, interesting items in the news, etc. Then, once he’s warmed up, broach the more serious stuff. Hold hands. If you’re lucky, this outing will eventually morph into…..

7. THE BETTER SEX WALK

Belive it or not, the tongue is the most important sex organ (and we don’t mean that the way you may assume). Communication promotes closeness. Plus, exercise naturally spikes libido by making us more aware of our bodies and helping us feel better about ourselves.

FIRST STEP Work up a sweat. That healthy glow is sexy. And don’t be shy about occasionally talking suggestively. You’ll both pick up the pace as you make the turn for home.

8. THE BOSS WALK

For your next performance review, suggest something that will get your boss’s attention. Instead of sitting in an office where you’ll feel intimidated, level the playing field and promote a more honest discourse by suggesting you take it outside.

FIRST STEP If the Bigg Man (or woman) likes the idea, tell them you have many, many more-then tactfully down, then later that night go for…

9. THE WHINHE WALK

When someone is really making you angry, punch out a few laps instead of the wall. You’ll not only get a great workout (the adrenaline will naturally make you walk faster), but you’ll also burn off some of the stress hormones coursing through your body.

FIRST STEP So as not to attract undue public attention by ranting and gesturing to yourself, invite along someone who understands the situation. You’ll be amazed at just how much better you feel afterwards.

10. THE VIRTUAL WALK

Studies show taht you can actually get muscle fibres to fire by imagining yourself performing an activity. It’s the same technique basketball players use to mentally rehearse free throws.

FIRST STEP On days when you’re too busy to escape for a walk, at least spend a few quiet minutes with your eyes closed, envisioning yourself striding strongly and purposefully. It will help develop muscle memory that’ll make you more efficient when you do get out and about for a walk.

11. THE RAINY DAY WALK

Many people go into hibernation at the first sign of precipitation. But there’s something about walking in the rain that is simultaneously claming and exhilarating.

FIRST STEP Make a point of leaving the umbrella at home. Instead, don some waterproof shoes and a big raincoat with a hood. Occasionally turn your face up to the sky to catch a few raindrops on your tongue.

12. THE MINI-WALK

If your day is too packed for your usual 45-minute walk, then take three 15-minute ones. You’ll derive just as much of a health benefit, plus you’ll keep your metabolism cranking throughout the day so that you burn more kilojoules.

FIRST STEP Look for opportunities to be active rather than to “exercise”. That’s a key difference. The latter often feels like an interruption to the day, while the former is a welcome part of it. Shift your mindset.

13. THE BUSINESS-MEETING WALK

Who decreed that all corporate meetings must take place in a beige conference room with a minimum of 20 Powerpoint slides in small type? No wonder everyone falls asleep. Next time, if the meeting isn’t too large, hold it on the hoof.

FIRST STEP If the boss is sceptical, tell him/her that exercise boosts creativity, productivity and corale. Bonus: you won’t need catering.

14. THE PARK AND WALK

Live too far from work to commute by foot? Then occasionally drive until you’re a couple of kilometres away, park, and walk the rest. You’ll fit your exercise in almost without realising it, save on petrol, and effectively install stress-easing bookends around your workday

FIRST STEP Keep a few days’ worth of clothes at work. Leave home in casual gear and walking shoes, then change into your business clothes just before you clock on for the day.

15. THE TEENAGE WALK

This is similar to The Better-Marriage Walk in that you’re essentially taking someone who’s uncommunicative and getting them to open up.

FIRST STEP Tell your son or daughter that you’re going to the supermarket, and ask if they’d like to come along andd pick out some food. (Teen metabolisms can’t resist an offer like this.) When they head for the car, say you’re walking and invite them along.


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