Five Ways to Rev Up Your Walking Routine

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-07-09 17:18:17 -0500
Started 2012-06-01 09:10:06 -0500

By Diabetes Health

Rachel Garlinghouse
May 21, 2012

Warmer temperatures bring the opportunity to put on our walking shoes and step outside for our workouts. But if you, like me, have been walking for many years, you may find yourself bored with the same old routine. To avoid burnout, try these five ways to rev up your walk.

Take a new route

If you normally take a left turn out of your driveway, take a right. If you usually walk in your neighborhood, consider driving to a local park or trail for your outing. The change of scenery will challenge your body in new ways, and you'll find yourself occupied with new things to see and hear.

Pick up the pace

Exercise experts swear by interval training, which involves speeding up your exercise routine in spurts and allows you to burn more calories in less time. Try walking at your regular pace for a few minutes and then walking more vigorously for thirty to sixty seconds. Repeat this routine until your walk is over. Don't forget to warm up and cool down!

Find or ditch a partner

If you've been walking with a partner who is slowing you down, consider walking alone or with someone else a few times a month, or even permanently. Save the constant chatter and slower pace for an evening out with the partner, rather than centering your exercise on him or her. If you don't have a walking partner, consider asking someone to join you. Just be sure that he or she is increasing, not decreasing, your productivity. Having a workout partner can increase your security, help keep you occupied, and encourage you to stay with your routine.

Stop the all-or-nothing attitude

Have you been skimping on your walks lately? Kiss that all-or-nothing attitude goodbye. If you don't have time to go for your regular walk, squeeze exercise into your day by parking farther away from the store or your workplace, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking between errands rather than driving. It's true that every little bit of exercise counts. Follow these slower-paced days with days when you commit and follow through with longer walks.

Take a break

Have you been walking daily for months or years on end? Give yourself a breather to keep from burning out. Try a new form of exercise, such as yoga or weight-lifting, or just take a break one or two days a week. By giving your body a rest, you will have the energy to walk with more purpose and vigor. Rather than dreading the predictable routine, you will find yourself excited to head out on a walk.

11 replies

Kalisiin 2015-07-09 17:18:17 -0500 Report

I love walking now. I thrive on it I feel better after doing it. I like what it does for my numbers. If I keep it up I will never GET neuropathic feet!

JoJo9481 2012-06-04 11:29:00 -0500 Report

Walking was a favorite activity of mine until I developed neuropathic ulcerations on the bottom of my feet. Now my walking is extremely limited. I do other exercises those that do not put pressure on my feet. I have also had over 150 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. The only thing that really works in my situation is a device called the Circulator Boot invented by a Dr. Richard Dillon, now retired, out of Bryn Mawr, PA. I finally purchased one for my home (expensive) and had it hooked up. It runs on compressed air from an oil free compressor, through a medical air dryer to the device itself. Too complicated to explain here, but really easy to do once it is all set up. Although my ulcers healed, like the Doctor said, "You walk on a neuropathic foot long enough and it will open". I also wear extra depth shoes and accommodative orthothes.

jayabee52 2012-06-04 11:58:19 -0500 Report

Wow, sorry to hear that JoJo! Glad you got it healed, but sorry you had that going on.

I have burning neuropathy in my feet and I don't like to walk a lot because of the pain, even though I refuse to give in to use a wheelchair all the time.

I had no idea that those neuropathic ulcerations could occur. I learn something new every day I am on here.

JoJo9481 2012-06-05 11:43:06 -0500 Report

Yes even one little sore on your toe or foot can turn into a nasty infection if not treated immediately. I think all diabetics should visit a podiatrist for nail trimming and general check of feet even if no ulceration is visible. My neuropathic pain does not begin until I get OFF my feet. I think I could walk without pain until my feet fell off but look out when I sit or lie down.

jayabee52 2012-06-05 14:02:42 -0500 Report

something new again! My pain diminishes (but doesn't go away) when I am off my feet. Hadn't thought or heard of the pain increasing when one gets off their feet. I have heard of the pain increasing when trying to sleep but this seems like a new wrinkle to me.

GabbyPA 2012-06-01 09:11:48 -0500 Report

One of these suggestions that helped me a lot was loose the "all or nothing" mentality. I get very busy doing a lot of things and taking a chunk out of the day to get my exercise it has been hard of late. So now, I just take advantage of the breaks in my day to get out and do something. Anything is better than pining away the day.