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Walking every day: Keeping your New Year's resolutions

Wintertime walking: Onward and upward!
Wintertime walking: Onward and upward!
By Matti Piiroinen, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license


  • Silence Dogood 6 years ago

    Great thoughts Jennie. Like many people, I use walking as an alternative to jogging and it's often a challenge to keep it interesting. I find it's more effective for me if I focus less on a commitment like "I'm going to walk every day for a month" and focus more on something like "I'm going to get regular exercise outdoors." For many people doing one thing over and over breeds boredom, which brings the inevitable challenge of identifying new and different ways to make that thing more interesting. The reality is that after a while, you can't.

    Think about it like this: How many ways can you dress up cheese pizza? The trick is to not commit to eating only cheese pizza in the first place. Commit to eating a variety of foods, even if you know in the end cheeze pizza will be in the mix quite a bit. (Probably a bad analogy for a health-related column, but hopefully you get the point...)

    Anyway, thanks for your column. Please write more! Walking is living.


  • Jennie Grey 6 years ago

    Hello, Silence Dogood! Thanks so much for your comments. I love the pizza analogy (but it makes me hungry while I walk!). I will think about your "inevitable challenge of identifying new and different ways to make [walking] more interesting." That would make for a good column, and I will give you credit and an imaginary pizza with everything as thanks!

    Take good care,


  • Silence Dogood 6 years ago

    Outstanding idea! The next column: Top 10 Ways to Keep Walking Exciting. I'm not sure if pizza would be one of those, but given your experiences I'm sure you've got some creative ideas.

    I suppose for true trekkers, walking is always a pleasure. But for those who may be on the fence or who are still building the habit, it's great to vary the routine or think of ways to spice it up (although spectacular scenery does quite a bit in that regard).

    My folks have spent the last 15-20 years doing walking tours on all seven continents, so I come by my interest in walking honestly. Would love one day to see the Milford Track, or to hike to Machu Picchu.

    Based on your bio and where you've lived, I'm sure you've seen some terrific sights. You've got to write your column more frequently and regale us with stories.

    Will be reading. Cheers.


  • Semaj Cherlagne 6 years ago

    Excellent article, as to be expected from you Jennie! I look forward to your future articles. What about incorporating dancing into your walks? Probably a silly idea for elves in Liynendel, but I thought it work mentioning. ;)


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