The Walking Bored: How to make solo walks less dull
While walking for exercise can be a group activity, many walkers go it alone, and those solo walks can become extremely dull once you’ve explored every possible walking route in your neighborhood. So how can you keep your walks interesting enough that you’ll want to stick with the habit? Here are some things you can try:
Take your camera
Even if it’s just the camera on your smartphone, having something with you for snapping photos can spice up your walks. Treat every walk as a photo walk, and capture trees, plants, and birds you don’t recognize so that you can look them up later. For even more fun, create weekly treasure hunts for yourself, with lists of things to look for and take photos of. If you live in a rural area, you might have a themed bird week, or if you live in a city, perhaps your treasure hunt can include signs in every color of the rainbow!
Talk to yourself
Just like many of the best ideas come to you when you’re in the shower, a lot of them can also sprout while you’re in motion. Use your smart phone’s built-in voice memo feature or an app like Just Press Record to capture your creative thoughts, reminders, or memories while you’re on the go. Not only will it help you hold on to fresh ideas, but your voice memos can function as a journal of sorts.
Listen and learn
If your surroundings or your own thoughts are still not enough to keep you excited about walking, perhaps you need more input. Traditionally, music has been the main form of entertainment for walkers and runners alike, since it can help you maintain your pace and, well, everyone loves music, right? But modern technology has handed us countless things to listen to besides music, from podcasts to audiobooks to language learning apps. (Need inspiration? Check out this helpful list of apps you can listen to while you walk.)