11 Activities to Do While Walking
What to do While Walking
Make Walking More Productive and Fun
Walking is one of the best exercises a person can do. It barely takes any equipment, costs nothing, improves health and well-being and is simple to do. Only a couple common excuses exist for not walking. One excuse someone might give is the lack of time to spend on walking, while another excuse might be that walking is boring.
This list of activities to do while walking will help break down the barriers someone may have to being motivated to walk by making walking more fun and more productive. Not every activity will apply or appeal to everyone, so try out a few until the walking becomes an enjoyable activity. Eventually, walking may become a source of fun, wellness, stability, and productivity in your life.
Equipment for Improving Productivity
- MP3 Player - An mp3 player is essential for any listening and is the main tool for learning while walking. With an abundance of podcast and audiobooks, there's no excuse to not be learning while walking. Don't forget your headphones.
- Voice Recorder - A recorder can be used for brainstorming and dictating. Make sure to get one that can pause between ideas.
- Cell Phone - With the array of apps available for productivity, a cell phone may be the most productive tool for walking. Voice mail can be used as a crude voice recorder.
Productive Walking Activities
These activities create more productivity by multitasking exercise with accomplishment. Multitasking the wrong tasks together can lead to less focus and productivity. In the case of walking, however, the physical act of walking requires cerebellar activity.
The cerebellum is responsible for coordination of processes in the brain. Physical exercise is linked to cerebellar coordination of higher level cerebral cortex cognition. In plain terms, walking can help coordinate more clear and powerful thinking.
List of Walking Activities for Improved Productivity
- Learn Something: Whether you're studying for school, learning a foreign language, or interested in learning how to trade stocks, walking time is a great time to listen to something educational on your phone or mp3 player. If you don't have a recording of what you want to learn, record yourself reading from notes or a book. If you want to memorize something, the rhythm of your walking may correlate to verbal sounds that you are learning.
- Write Something: Writing a book, blog, poem, article, or even a song can be done while on a walk using a voice recorder. Typing when you get back from your walk will be necessary, but the recording serves as a rough draft. When listening to the recording, ideas for revision can be natural as if in a conversation with an editor.
- Brainstorm: Brainstorming is the process of coming up with a list of ideas for something. Brainstorming while walking can provide the venue for a person to come up with ideas for solving problems, inventing things, starting businesses, or improving processes.
- Do Household Tasks: This may seem like a strange suggestion, but try doing household tasks while out on a walk. Create a grocery list, decide what to buy someone for a special occasion, decide what to write in a person's greeting card, plan and review your budget, make phone calls that you need to make. If AT&T is going to have you on hold for 20 minutes, you might as well be getting some exercise.
- Run Errands: Living in the country is not an excuse for driving everywhere. Drive as near as you need to be to be able to walk the rest of the way. This works best when you are just picking up a few things at a store. Bring a backpack if you run out of pocket space. You'll save a little gas if you park in one place and walk to several locations in the area.
Equipment to Enhance the Fun of Walking
- A Camera
- A Scavenger Hunt List
- A Phone
- A Nature/Architecture Pocket Guide
Stay Safe While Walking
Fun Walking Activities
Sometimes walking can become dull, especially when done alone. Introverted people may be fine talking to themselves in their own heads, but extroverted people may find the solitude of walking alone unsettling or boring. These are ideas to add some fun to your walking routine.
List of Fun Walking Activities:
- Use a Pedometer: Get your family and friends to get in on the fun by competing for the most steps. Guess how many steps it takes to walk a certain distance. Track your steps and provide rewards for accomplishments.
- Take Pictures: Photograph interesting things you see while on a walk. Photograph things in the moment such as a beautiful sunset or ducks flying into a pond. Take pictures of as many types of animals as you can see while out walking. Then collect photos of tree leaves, flowers, or even clouds.
- Do a Scavenger Hunt: Let someone come up with a list of things to look for and find those items while out walking. It's best to take a picture of the item to prove that it was found, but you can also carry a bucket and collect natural items. This can be a real fun and competitive game.
- Talk to Friends or Family: Freeing up time to spend on the phone staying in touch with family and friends becomes easier when it is part of your walking routine, just make sure to charge your phone well. You may want to invest in a Bluetooth ear piece to avoid holding the phone the entire time.
- Enjoy Your Environment: If it isn't enough to take in the beautiful scenery, whether urban or rural, buy a pocket guide to help you identify things in nature or in the city scape. You can study types of trees, birds, butterflies, clouds, etc if you are in a rural or suburban area. You can study architecture, historical landmarks, or other properties of the city scape in urban areas.
- Pray, Meditate, and Work on Gratitude: Because walking can be a solitary activity, it can be the least distracting time of the day to pray, meditate, or work on gratitude. As you focus your mind on spiritual and important positive things, your walking becomes something much more than just exercise. It's "me time."
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.