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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • I see alot of people walking in the am in my neighborhood, but with the commuters and all the cars on the road, the exhaust is too much for me. I wait until the afternoon or 11 am or so and the exhaust has left to walk. Breathing in all that car exhaust made me feel ill. Then at 4 or so the traffic comes back. California suburbs are a different place. - 1/11/2011 10:02:50 AM
    One thing I didn't see in the safety tips in this article is "Do NOT wear headphones." It's very tempting: it makes the minutes go faster and it's fun. But it's just not worth the risk. It's unfortunate but true that we live in times when we have to be aware of our surroundings at all times, whether it's someone coming up behind us on foot or a turning car. With those ear buds in our heads we're not completely tuned in to what's going on around us. - 12/5/2010 11:09:23 AM
  • We live way out in the county and walking is a must.The closest town is fifteen miles away.I used to walk all the time but in the last few?years I stopped.Our terrain out here is total rocks and very hard to navigate in but a person can still walk up on the gravel road that goes to the main road.I just don't have the motivation to walk anymore but it is wonderful exercise anyway. - 11/26/2010 9:00:10 PM
    A previous comment warned about thieves... A good warning! Near our home is a wonderful walking trail, and the parking area is a "crime area" for thieves. Never leave your valuables in your parked car. - 11/1/2010 12:51:48 PM
  • good morning,
    I just did another route this morning and I added another 1/2 mile to my walk. Great & cooler temps also I had walked 2 miles-1/2 some days,this morning it is 3. It makes me feel great.. Also seeing different streets in my neighborhood.
    blessings on your walks too,
    Debbie - 9/27/2010 11:20:07 AM
    I carry water for myself, plus small snack when planning a longer (5-8 mile walk). When taking my pup out I have her drink every 15-20 min.

    We vary our routes and enjoy the sites and different inclines! - 8/10/2010 10:27:00 AM
  • When it is too cold or windy outside, I walk the stairway up and down and get a lot of exercise this way.
    I live on the 11th floor. - 2/27/2010 4:39:20 PM
  • Unfortunetly we are in the city and there are no parks near us. We have to literally get in the car and drive a least 7 miles to get a scenic or anything walk or run. It just seems counter prouctive to me. And, when I do walk the dog to the post office or the pharmacy etc. we are always afraid of the mastive's or pitt bulls around here. A German Shepherd last week jumped over the fence at both me and my dog....Scared the you know what out of us. I ask you what good is a fence if you can't keep your dog behind it? - 2/16/2010 1:45:25 PM
  • trail running is incredible...the trees flying by makes me feel like a faster runner and the constant attention to balance and foot placement works my core. - 10/11/2009 5:43:03 PM
  • Very good article. Thanks for the info. - 10/11/2009 1:29:02 PM
    I have found a route from my home (very convenient) that takes me by some stables. Loving horses as I do, the smell of horses and hay and whatever (!) is very calming to me. It's a great reward for getting my walk in. - 10/11/2009 12:41:40 PM
  • I live in an urban area. I was planning to walk from the bus to my home a few evenings a week (30 min walk) but now I'm not so sure since it will be on sidewalks/concrete. What do you think? Maybe the better choice would be to go near the park at my job for 30 mins during lunch. - 4/19/2009 11:10:27 AM
  • Good tips. I actually do enjoy walking but I'm getting sick of pushing the stroller. I want to be able to swing my arms. It's not really feasible for me to pay a babysitter for me to go walking. But then again, I might go more often if I did. lol I find listening to music keeps be moving at a good pace. I know I don't get to hear my surroundings but I like the motivation that music gives me. - 12/28/2008 9:23:31 PM
  • I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where I have access to a number of walking/running routes along the river with wildlife and some vegetation. My favorite is a river channel route - a 2 mile stretch and can be extended up to an 8 miler route! Behind our place is also a desirable quickie 3 mile walk/run path. All I need is my pair of running shoes coupled with my motivation of the day! - 11/28/2008 5:55:18 PM
    I both love and hate exercise. It has helped me relax and cope with life and all of the challenges that I have have had to overcome. I am 55 and through walking, I still can fit into my jeans, while never depriving myself of my fvorite, sinful chocolate goodies! - 11/18/2008 1:19:17 PM

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