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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • 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!
  • LAYLASTEELMAN
    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.
  • SHELLPROOF
    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.
  • I have to jog on a tradmill indoors because it is so hot during the summer here in Arizona. But we cerainly will use the suggestions in the article for the upcoming winter when our weather is better. We have a dog who loves to walk and we used to walk a lot a lot with her.
  • Great article and thanks for the website www.mapmywalk.com gonna have to check that out subdivisions can be such mazes
  • You can use www.mapmywalk.com to find out how far you walked without having to depend on the accuracy of your pedometer. You put in your address, then just drag and click your route and the site tells you exactly how far you went. I love it because from a map view, I can see new routes through the subdivision to change my scenery a bit.
  • I never walked much until we got a dog. He is a great walking companion. He is use to our routine and keeps me accountable. He barks at me when it is time to go!

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