It doesn’t cost much to get moving. Actually, it’s free. Walking is one of the most frugal and healthful things you can do, and it doesn’t have to be boring.

  • Plan a walking date with a friend. It will give you the opportunity to catch up with each other and with your exercise goals.
  • Walk your dog(s). They enjoy getting out too and many times are a great way to make new friends with whom you know share a common interest.

  • Listen to your favorite tunes. Make sure though that you can still hear sounds around you for safety’s sake.
  • Take in some beautiful scenery. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some it may mean interesting architecture and to others it may be of mother nature’s design.
  • Use it as an opportunity to get some pictures, bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside and possibly inspiring you to head back out the next day.

  • Get to know your neighborhood and your neighbors. Everyone seems to stay inside anymore. Help nurture the spirit of community.
  • Bring a bag, gloves, and find a stick to pick up trash and help beautify a natural area. You may find something of value or be able to recycle some aluminum for cash. You’ll feel better about your surroundings and feel good about yourself for doing a good deed.

Some things to think about before you head out.

  • Make sure to use good judgement when choosing where and when to walk.
  • Listen to the forecast and keep your eye on the weather.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Bring along some water.
  • Walk with a buddy or form a group.
  • Keep your cell phone handy.
  • Know safe places to go for help along your route.
  • Be sure to bring supplies to clean up after your pets and obey leash laws.