Remember that we've got to keep moving. Today, because of the weather and my schedule, I walked for 45 minutes at the mall. It was very crowded, but I got my walk in. I DO NOT take any cash or credit cards to the mall with me so I don't spend extra money mindlessly. Seeing something cute in a store window is 'sightseeing', not an opportunity to blow my credit limit! I'm really not much of a 'window shopper', but if you are, the mall or a quaint village downtown area might be the perfect place for your walk. I certainly am always well informed on the latest teen fashions because of the miles I walk at the mall.
Other ways to make your walk more fun? Here are a few. Some will be explored in greater depth in later postings.
Visit a museum, art gallery, or botanical garden, the zoo, or any other local attraction with walkways. There will always be something new to look at in these destinations. Most will be free or very inexpensive. Should you find that walking at the botanical gardens is fun but expensive, it might be worth buying an annual membership to keep you motivated. Better yet, ask for that membership for a gift.
Create a scavenger hunt for yourself and/or others. Make a list of things you want to 'find' on your walk. A red car, a tabby cat, a turtle, 7 crows, a man walking a dog, a jogger, a tennis doubles match, kids in the pool, a taxi (rare in my area), a pedestrian crosswalk sign, and so forth. You can carry your list with you and mark things off as you find them or jot them off your list when you return home. Since I don't wear my reading glasses while walking, I would find it a challenge to mark off items on a list. Trade lists with another walker. Have someone else make a list for you. Put a list of items on scraps of paper in a jar and pull out 10 of them for your walk.
Volunteer to work at the zoo or as an usher at the theater. You'll get in a lot of walking if you're a docent a the zoo or a museum and you'll be helping your neighbors and worthy organizations while you're getting your walk in. Think how virtuous you'll feel!
Geocache! What's that? It's a sort of scavenger hunt. Go to www.geocaching.com to learn all about it. Register and join the hunt. More on this later.
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.
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