How to enjoy walks more [multiple strategies]


I'm not fat, but I always hated walks. Walking is one of the easiest ways for my to loose weight I gain when on holdiay/stressed etc, but I still never liked it.

This may be due to my autism, I only walk from place A to place B, I need a goal, I absolutely hate strolling and window-shopping. It may also be because my parents don't "walk", they hike, run or walk very very fast. Here's how I started walking for fun.

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Photo by Thomas Q on Unsplash

Start somewhere you know

I went to a place I knew, I liked, but that I hadn't explored fully before. I noticed tons of tiny things there that I never thought were cool before. For example, you may explore the flora and fauna of a place or notice how beautiful the buildings in a certain area are.

Know how to get there and what to expect

I drive there with the car, because after 18 years, I know that I do not want to go for a walk in a forest nearby. I could, but I am too afraid of meeting people I know and having to talk to them.

Some of you may prefer starting near your home, most cities have a park, which are very nice for walking around. I feel like my perspective on this is quite Austrian, we don't really have that many parks and I don't like them too much either, I prefer to be near mountains or in a forest.

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Photo by oxana v on Unsplash

Practice through activities somewhat related to walking

This sounds a little stupid, but doing ski tours (where you walk up a mountain on skis) really helped me get in the right mood for walking. Walking regularly then seems like a very easy thing to do.

Ski tour; Photo by Yann Allegre on Unsplash
Ski tour; Photo by Yann Allegre on Unsplash

Combine walking with something you don't usually find the time to do

For me, this is listening to Podcasts and audio books - I always find and make the time to read and study, but listening to something for fun is definitely underrated. It enhances your experience in nature, I don't really listen to music when I walk, only to things that make me a more open-minded person and that broaden my perspective.

Another idea is to walk with your friends - personally, I rarely have time to spend with them, so combining an activity that is good for my health with one that is beneficial for my personal life is awesome.

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Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Try new things once you're comfortable

Try walking somewhere else, hiking, running, cycling, anything that gets you out of your comfort zone.

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Photo by Drew Colins on Unsplash

How have you come to enjoy sports more? Any tips?

Do you like or dislike walking?

How to enjoy walks more [multiple strategies]
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  • Naydyonov
    I really identify with you! I have trouble just walking; I need a goal. I like hiking because it is a mentally relaxing walk but with a set goal.
    I also have trouble walking slowly; I naturally walk fast. So when someone asks me to just relax and stroll, I need to consciously stop myself. But after some time I forget and my legs move faster and faster on their own.

    Right now I take a walk every morning: same route, same goal.

    This will definitely be a problem for me on dates. 100% chance.

    I have never listen to audio books, but I do listen to music when walking.
    Is this still revelant?
  • Gsm24diecast
    I actually started walking everyday nearly a year ago, I quit smoking cigarettes completely cold turkey 12 months ago and counting! And walking is my new fix 😂
    Is this still revelant?

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What Girls & Guys Said

  • lightbulb27
    Does the window shopping and strolling stress you out, because there is nothing specific to focus on... like there is too much going on? you need a target/focus end goal.

    I find it interesting that distractions in audio books helps.

    I walk, it's ok, hiking in a park is better. cycling is better because it is harder and can see more.
  • blutwolfe
    Well I'm pretty active due to physical jobs, in my free time I prefer to relax, when the weather is nice out on the weekends I wouldn't mind a hike with a couple buddies to catch up, like you said its combining activities. We live in the rockies so that's all we can do really lol, when I was a teenager, friends and I would just walk everywhere cause no one had a vehicle lol, like a 5 mile walk to the mall if we wanted to go
  • Luna1998
    I dont exercise but I like walking eventhough the climate its hot and humid from where I live (South east asia) I walk at least 2-4 km a day with my music on. I would love to walk more often if its a little colder and I have more time.
  • DeeDeeDeVour
    As long as they're not for errands, I enjoy walking & hiking.
  • ConfusedOfTheWorld
    Great advices, I walk like 5 miles each day just listening to music
  • captain_voidwalker
    Easiest solution get a dog everything is better with a dog
  • zagor
    I love walking. Whether in the wilds or in the city. The 'burbs, though, can be boring.
  • These are great. I also listen to music.
  • Avicenna
    Very sage advice here!