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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Very good article. Thanks for the info.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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!
  • I started out walking. Unfortunately, the weight stopped coming off. Therefore, I joined a gym. I am hoping to lose enough weight so that I can start jogging in the spring of 2009.
  • i suggest level surfaces . i have been unable to go walking for several months because of tendonitis in my right foot that my doctor says came from walking on steeply sloping hike and bike trail that runs alongside a creekbed.
  • And don't forget to absorb your surroundings while walking outdoor..... the sun shining through trees, the birds singing their tunes, the sound of wind and the outdoor air on your face........ I've seen deer, rabbits, hawks, other people's cool dogs you name it..... it's a lot of fun..... I don't wair head phones because I want to take nature in 100%
  • Walking and a bit of jogging mixed in is my all time favorite way to burn calories. We have a great park nearby and this time of year throughout spring is perfect for me. Thanks for a great article.
  • I now live one block from Central Park in New York City. I thoroughly enjoy walking there. I also enjoy walking along Columbus Avenue uptown because there is an incline. This summer, I had to opportunity to walk along the beach in beautifu St. Croix. I didn't realize how difficult that was. It was a good challenge. I am looking forward to jogging next spring.
  • We have a great walking/biking trail system in our city, however we've recently had a rash of car break ins where the theives stole the purse and then used the credit cards immediately. These were not in a "high crime" area so people need to be aware not to leave anything visible in the car that might intice a thief.
    Very good Article, since I walk/jog with dogs- I had to scope out the territory 1st before taking them with me. Unfortunately, there are no side-walks & very little shoulder to our streets- I HATE seeing someone pass with ear phones! You really cannot be totally aware of your surroundings with them on.

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