I combine my walk with being a writer. I like to walk all year round, but spring is a special favorite. The sun warms the earth spreading the smell of pine trees and grasses and gets my mind working or just resting taking in all the beauty of nature.
When my mind is at ease ideas flow. So the walks are not only good for the body, it is good for pondering on a story.
I’m a writer. My walking time is spent not only embracing the outdoors but also letting my mind wander and letting thoughts filter in as they may.
Here are some thoughts on how to make a walk fun, enjoyable, as well as productive.
1. Pick a Route
I don’t have many routes to choose from where I live unless I drive and start out in my car. For the most part, I walk from my house. This is fine for me. One of my routes takes me through a cemetery which is an idea generator all by itself. It’s quiet, no one bothers and usually, I’m by myself with only the birds and a few deer wandering through.
I wonder about the people who are at rest here. Some date back to the 1800s. Names on the tombstones give me character ideas too.
2. Choose a List of Songs
I don’t listen to music while I’m walking. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s that I don’t have the setup. I know a lot of people have their headphones on and walk or jog while the music plays in their head. I would like to do that too. One of these days I need to figure it out. I will probably ask my daughter to help me.
Everyone has their reasons for walking. For me, I take the time to think about the latest story I’m working on. What is the next scene? How should this character react to this situation? And so on.
I tend to focus on what story is being worked on, or a blog idea.
4. Let My Mind Wander
This can go along with the above idea.
Brainstorm for more writing projects, be it a short story, blog, or novel. Be sure and have something to write on or have a note app on your phone.
At times something other than writing is on my mind and walking helps me figure it out. It’s also a good time to remember good times. My mom and I and other family hiked and it’s fun to relive those moments.
5. Enjoy the Outdoors and Exercise
Take in the surrounding sights. I can see mountains, trees, hills, sky with clouds that make up where I live. Another enjoyment in my walks is observing the wildlife. There are a lot of deer, quail, turkeys and other birds to watch in their natural environment. It’s fun to watch them watch me.
6. Journal the Walk
I look at my step app on my phone that logs how many steps I’m walking. It’s kind of fun and shows me how much I walk in a day.
A person could write about their walking venture. They could record how much weight is lost, how much better they feel getting this exercise and whatever else is in their mind.
7. Listen to an Audio Book or Podcast
A writer is a reader and this would be a great time to get in some reading time with an audiobook and be breathing in the fresh air too.
8. You can speed up or slow down. Go at your own pace
I’ve seen people out there jogging along or walking fast and that’s great. For me, I don’t like to do either. I like to walk along at a normal pace. And that’s okay. I believe a person can do what they are most comfortable with. The idea is to enjoy the walk and the outdoors.
Go ahead and walk or jog, but then slow down and take in the sights. Always wear a comfortable pair of shoes and dress for the weather.
The whole idea is to enjoy the walk and have a good time.
Thank you for stopping by. What are some of your walking advice? Please leave a comment or ask a question. I’ll do my best to answer.
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