What can I do to make walking less boring?

I recommend the following suggestions to make walking less boring:

  • Walk with a friend or pet
  • Walk in a park that has beautiful scenery
  • Walk in your local shopping mall in the morning with other walking enthusiast
  • Compose a musical favorites list to play for motivation while walking
  • Walk on a treadmill that has a television close by for your viewing

Hopefully some of the above tips will help make walking a lot more enjoyable!!!



It happens to the best of us. You barely get started on a path to being more active and suddenly you are bored. Don’t let boredom disrupt your walking program. These tips can help you keep walking interesting:
  • Change your mindset. Focus on thinking exercise is fun and a stress relief tool for improving your mood, rather than a burden.
  • Wear a pedometer. See how many steps you typically walk each day and aim to walk more, with a goal of 10,000 steps, or about 5 miles, if you’re able.
  • Bring a friend and take a walk and talk. Being social surely makes fitness more fun!
  • Walk your dog or even your kids at the same time every day and let their excitement - and expectations - motivate you!
  • Change date night. Instead of dinner and a movie, try walking to a restaurant, sharing an entree and making the main focus an activity that doesn’t require you to be sedentary.
  • Plan a family hike on a nature trail near you.
  • Register to walk a 3K or 5K race. It helps motivate you to have a date planned in the future, and race day is exciting, fun, and rewarding!
To make a walk less boring, bring a friend or two along, or bring your dog or a friend’s dog. Go for a walk in a park or somewhere with nice scenery. By changing up the scenery or walking with a companion of the two or four-legged  kind this will make the walk a lot less boring. 
The easiest way to make walking less boring is find a walking partner. Working out with a partner keeps you motivated and committed. The time will fly by as you walk and chat plus you will burn more calories and get a better cardio workout by walking and talking. If you prefer to walk alone take your tunes. Put a playlist together of your favorite music and go have fun. Enjoy the great outdoors and burn calories. 

If you want to make walking less boring here are some tips. 


1. Walk with a friend or family member

2. Listen to your favorate music

3. Challenge  yourself by throwing in a hill or some intervals


On the flip side maybe walking isn't for you. It might be important to find something else you really like to do. 

If you find walking on a treadmill (or around your block) incredibly boring, try counting your steps.  In a study published in the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal, experts found that counting your steps as you walk can build confidence, increase fortitude, and improve the chance of success. They recommend using a pedometer, a small instrument that hooks on your belt and measures your steps during exercise. When used during walking, you can see exactly how many steps you took.  Researchers estimated that two thousand steps equal one mile. If 2,000 steps are unreasonable, try to take 500 steps (one-quarter mile) or 250 steps (one-eighth mile) and then build from there.

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