Creating a Walking Habit

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I first figured out that walking was a really effective exercise when I walked the More/Fitness Half Marathon in Central Park.  I was coming back from an injury and didn’t have the endurance to run the race, so I opted to walk 13.1 miles, thinking it would be ‘easy.’  Hah!  I ended up with swollen hands, sore feet, and burning quads – I even had to stop in the middle of the race to stretch out (a suggestion from readers when I asked for tips on walking a half marathon).  Walking is no stroll in the park!

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Since that race, I fell in love with walking for fitness. Don’t get me wrong – running and swimming are still fun, too, but there’s something to be said for walking.  I like that it counts as a moderately intense exercise if you walk briskly.  If it’s wintertime, you don’t necessarily break a huge, smelly sweat that necessities a post-workout shower, so it’s a great mid-day activity, too.  I also appreciate the fact that I can multi-task while walking; I usually take the dog with me, go with a friend, talk on the phone, or listen to a book on tape.


Fun fact:  The government recommends that adults do 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week.  If you go on one 25-minute walk a day, you’re surpassing the minimum!


Now that I’m in my second trimester and have phased out running, I walk about 6 – 9 miles a week. Walking went from being a chore – I have to walk the dog! – to something pleasurable and fun.


Here’s how I made it a daily habit.


A Healthy Coping Mechanism:  I usually walk as part of my morning routine to help center myself, and I use walking as a ‘wind-down’ after a busy day.  It’s a healthier coping mechanism for stress than, say, drinking four cups of coffee or slamming two huge glasses of wine.  When I feel sad or mad or frustrated, I pull on my sneakers and do a lap or two around my block.  It makes me feel a lot better, emotionally and physically, than other ‘woe is me’ coping mechanisms.


Break walks in twoGovernment guidelines say it’s perfectly okay to break up exercise into 10-minute chunks. If you can’t fit a long walk into your daily schedule, try to do two shorter strolls. 


Non-smoking breaks:  I frequently go on a walks when I need a break from the computer.  At my old job, I’d walk during my lunch break, but I’d also occasionally take ‘non-smoking breaks’ and go for a walk – I figured if smokers get to take breaks for their nicotine fix, I could take a break for exercise.  No one ever complained.  Also, I think it made me a better worker in general – I’d go for a walk right before I felt completely stir-crazy, and I’d come back feeling much more focused.  Just be sure to bring your sneakers with you to work!


Find a buddy:  Having a dog really, really helps.  Well, as long as your dog is more like James than Maggie and actually enjoys going on walks!  James motivates me to walk longer and faster than I would otherwise. Of course, there are a million responsibilities that come with adopting a dog (and please consider adopting!), and pets aren’t there just to make you exercise, but it is a pretty nice perk of being a dog owner.  If you don’t have a dog, schedule regular walking dates with a human buddy.  Nicole and I usually go on one 3-mile walk a week.  It’s a good way to catch up, and it’s FREE!


Walk your coffee (or tea):  Since I work from home, I’m usually working within 20 minutes of waking up.  I usually multi-task and drink my tea or coffee while working, but sometimes, I’m too tired to immediately focus on work and just end up sitting on the couch, sipping my hot drink.  On those mornings, I’ve started to take my tea with me on a short walk.  It’s much more pleasurable and helps focus me for the day.


Walk before TV:  I make sure I squeeze in my evening stroll before flipping on the TV.  The Husband usually comes with me, and we use it as an opportunity to catch up on our days.  If we sit on the couch and begin to watch HGTV, it’s all over – we’re not getting back up until bedtime. 


Consider multi-tasking:  Although I love the ‘zone out’ aspect of walking (and exercise in general), one sure-fire way to motivate me to go for a walk is the promise of multi-tasking.  I use my walks as an opportunity to call my college girlfriends to talk or I listen to a book on tape.  If I’m working on a writing project and have hit writer’s block, I’ll bring a little notebook with me and jot down ideas that come to me as I walk.


Ditch the car:  If you live in a walkable neighborhood, walk your errands.  We can walk to shops, a market, and the bank.  Although it would usually be easier and faster to drive, when I walk to errands, I’m killing two birds with one stone.  It makes me feel quite productive!


Happy walking!


Are you a walk-lover?  What’s your tip for turning walking into an everyday habit?



  • Kristy @ KristyRuns February 27, 2012, 8:51 am

    I’m a runner, but I since I live in Midtown Atlanta, I do get to walk a lot. I make sure all my doctors are within a 2 mile radius, so I can walk to my appointments. I also like to walk to coffee shops and work. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats February 27, 2012, 8:56 am

    I absolutely love walking!!! One of my favorite things to do when it’s nice out is to take a long scenic walk. Although right now it’s just too cold and windy in Chicago to be able to enjoy it, I can’t wait until thIngs start warming up!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 27, 2012, 9:01 am

    If walking could be my only form of exercise and still keep me in the same shape I am cardio & strength-wise, I’d switch in a second. I love it! It’s much easier in the warmer weather to get out there and cover some serious miles, but any chance I get over the winter both me and the pup appreciate. I can clear my head on a walk so much better than a run or any other sort of exercise for some reason.

    • Jill February 27, 2012, 10:37 am

      Well, the ONLY activity I do is walking. So I guess that makes me in “not good shape”.

      Walking is all I’ve done for the last 2 years and its all that I do. I have to say though, it is boring. I don’t walk briskly and its just the same old thing all the time. (no ipod or things like that for sanity).

      • JenATX February 27, 2012, 11:30 pm

        maybe switch it up and add some lunges after every minute of walking?

  • Erin February 27, 2012, 9:07 am

    Living in Europe, walking is a must! Parking, even in smaller cities or towns can be difficult and walking sometimes saves times, money and stress as opposed to driving. I walk just about everywhere I can, I even walk for my groceries, now that is a good workout!
    I have no idea how many KM I walk a day, but it must be up there, I think I am going to put track myself just for fun today after reading your post!

  • Lauren February 27, 2012, 9:09 am

    Walking is such a nice refreshing change from the normal workout routine. I think people get so hung up on the fact that walking doesn’t burn as many calories as running, but it certainly can…it’s just the amount of time you’re willing to invest to gain that.

  • Shannon February 27, 2012, 9:10 am

    You know what, Caitlin? I’m so grateful to you! You just–through this post alone–changed my entire attitude toward walking for exercise. As a runner, I always felt guilty when walking for a workout, as if it didn’t really “count.” (I have always loved going on walks with my kiddos, though, and have many, MANY fond memories of hundreds of stroller walks–and I lived in the middle of Chicago for a long time, and walked everywhere in the city.) But you’re a runner too, and you have such a super-positive philosophy re walking–I love it! I have a whole new outlook on walking now. Thank you!

  • Joan February 27, 2012, 9:12 am

    I love walking! My dog and I walk every morning for 3 miles and I often increase that to 5 miles on the weekend. I find that it’s the perfect opportunity to gather my thoughts for the day and organize what I need to do. Also I have found that if something is bothering me I “save” thinking about it until my walking time so that I can really give it a good think.

    And last but not least I have encountered so many people in my neighborhood that I otherwise would not have met so I feel like walking has really helped me connect to my community.

    • Malorie February 27, 2012, 11:28 am

      I totally agree with this! I walk my dog and just think. I don’t listen to anything or talk on the phone. I love it!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 27, 2012, 9:14 am

    I love walking! I find it to be so therapeutic sometimes I go sans ipod and just think or bring my ipod and have a little dance party in my head. I get home shortly after 4 and rather then just sit at home and snack b.c. I’m bored I take my dog for at least a half hour stroll and I love it.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 27, 2012, 9:15 am

    Great post and tips Caitlin! Right now my walking hasn’t been anywhere near as frequent as it should be, but when the weather gets a little more walk-friendly I plan to change that. I love getting out of the office on lunch breaks and have recently found some great podcasts so hopefully I can walk and listen to them once spring arrives. Enjoy your walk(s) today! 🙂

  • Khushboo February 27, 2012, 9:19 am

    Great tips! I love walking because it can be done anywhere. I also love that it can be incorporated into the day, such as walking to places instead of driving!

  • Tamicka February 27, 2012, 9:22 am

    Thanks Caitlin for the advice. I had an injury back in mid September and sadly it still hurts to do what unused to do in terms of exercise. I honestly never thought of breaking a walk into really small parts until I got my endurance back and my ankle doesn’t swell as easily. Thanks for the motivation 🙂

  • Marcy February 27, 2012, 9:28 am

    Great tips. I make sure to get in at least 10,000 steps a day and find throwing a pedometer in my pocket to be motivating to not save them all for the end of the day. I used to feel lazy about wasting time on the couch watching sitcoms, but now I watch them while walking on the treadmill.

  • Sara February 27, 2012, 9:30 am

    I love walking! I don’t own a car so I walk ALL THE TIME (let’s just say I get my shoes repaired a lot).

    One city-girl tip: Be careful when talking on the phone while walking. You’re not as aware of your surroundings, so you’re an easier target for muggers. There’s a big iPhone theft issue in my city at the moment, so I don’t talk on the phone while I’m walking unless I have to. Maybe use a bluetooth and keep your phone hidden in your pocket?

    And I love that green ring in the last photo!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 27, 2012, 9:34 am

    I try to take two “non-smoking” breaks at work to walk around the building a couple of times. It seems like people who smoke leave once an hour to go outside, so it’s only fair that I get to exercise! I hope to make it outside a couple of times today since it’s sunny!

  • Carolina John February 27, 2012, 9:39 am

    I am a walk-hater. I just don’t get the same workout benefits like I do from running, and if you’ve got the time to walk then you’ve got the time to run.

    • Jill February 27, 2012, 10:39 am

      That is a very brash statement. Some people can’t do anything more than walk. Just being able to walk is a privilege.

      Your comment is based on personal opinion and does not apply to everyone (I hope). It almost implies that people that can (or choose) to ONLY walk are lazy.

    • Ali February 27, 2012, 12:10 pm

      I don’t really agree, though I do feel as though we all have our own experiences and opinions and I am totally okay with that. Good for you for being a runner and from your website you are obviously very accomplished (congrats!).

      I have knee and hip issues and cannot run. In fact, if I do run regularily, I cannot walk normally and without pain for days after. I have lost 88 lbs walking + strength training and have finished a race faster than run/walkers. I can get my heart rate up to the recommended level easily. When you are pushing along at 4.6+ mph with hills for a good length of time, you will feel it!

      I would also say that walking is not just about getting a workout. A lot of people love walking just to clear their heads and center themselves. It’s also a mode of transportation for me and many others.

    • Angie February 27, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Wow – I think it’s great you have figured out what works best for you, but your comment comes across as putting walkers down. I used to believe running was the only way to go, but, as I got older, I realized that nothing stays the same and I need to find the activity that works best for me. The point is to exercise regularly to keep the body going.

  • Katie February 27, 2012, 9:42 am

    I just wanted to say that I totally got back in shape after having my first son by walking. Finn was born in February. I had six months off and by April Chicago was beautiful. We did a nice long mornin stroll. And a nice long afternoon dtroll. They ae some of my favorite memories. Mostly he slept. But we’d stop at a local coffee shop. I’d have an iced tea and feed him. It was wonderful. Walked and walked and talked to him when he was awake. The best.

  • Sarah February 27, 2012, 9:48 am

    I used to think that walking wasn’t “real exercise” since you didn’t break a sweat sometimes. But I am a convert! It’s the best, especially post-baby.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 27, 2012, 9:48 am

    Having a pooch definitely gets me out walking when I otherwise wouldn’t! I know she loves and needs it and I know I will enjoy the fresh air and come back feeling good… so even when I don’t want to go I suck it up and get out there.

    I definitely should integrate some walking breaks into my work day!

  • Greta @ Staying Lost February 27, 2012, 9:51 am

    This is a helpful post. I think it’s a shame that many cities aren’t laid out so that you can walk to your errands anymore. That small amount of moderate exercise can really make a difference.

  • Sara February 27, 2012, 9:57 am

    My co-worker and I try to walk two to three times a week at lunch, but since I’ve joined a gym, we just aim for two times a week. I’d rather walk quickly or jog than run. It’s great exercise!

  • Corrie Anne February 27, 2012, 9:59 am

    I’m totally a runner, but I love to walk too. I’m 27, and I’ve never had my own car… soooo… there has been quite a bit of practical walking done!

  • Lisa February 27, 2012, 10:00 am

    I love walking! When I was unemployed and poor this summer (lots of time + no money), I would walk for miles and miles every day, listening to music and exploring my city! Sometimes I wish I could still do that every day!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love February 27, 2012, 10:01 am

    Me and my husband both like to walk, and in NYC this is extremely easy, we almost dont take the subway even if we have to walk 20 blocks!We actually live in Jersey City across the Hudson river, we live right on the boardwalk and have the Manhattan view so every night we will go for a walk because it is so pretty, we easily cover 4 to 5 miles each da walking from home to the grocery store and on the boardwalk.

  • Poptartyogini February 27, 2012, 10:10 am

    I love to walk. I agree that it is a great way to shake off a long work day and spend quality time with your spouse. My husband and I have the best talks on our walks. And I know this is totally probably illegal but we like to go at dusk and peek in our neighbor’s houses for decorating and ‘someday when we are rich’ inspiration!

  • Lu February 27, 2012, 10:17 am

    I currently live in a very walker unfriendly city. I’m excited to move to a place where it is easier to get around on two legs. I walked/ran a half marathon a while back and it wasn’t easy. I totally should’ve stretched.

  • Shari February 27, 2012, 10:17 am

    I love, love, love walking and squeeze in time for one whenever the weather allows. Like with you, the quiet time really helps center my thoughts and ideas for everything writing-related. It’s amazing how inspiring nature can be! 🙂

  • clare @ fittingitallin February 27, 2012, 10:21 am

    I LOVE walking, and made sure when I moved to Dallas to live in a walkable area. I rarely drive places unless they are really far or the weather is bad. I walked to the grocery store and to shopping yesterday and even though it was a “rest” day, it felt good to be moving!

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 27, 2012, 10:24 am

    I really love walking! I started walking a ton in January, and I noticed that the seasonal depression that was kicking my ass since daylight savings lifted after only a week. I couldn’t find the motivation to do any other exercise because of the depression, but after a couple of weeks of walking I was motivated to add in more exercise. Monday-Friday I either walk 30 minutes to work or 25 minutes each way to class and back home, and on the weekends I always go on a long walk with my husband at least once but usually multiple times.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras February 27, 2012, 10:26 am

    I’m a dog walker, and walking is definitely great exercise. I walk about 10-12 miles a day, and my leg muscles (and butt!) have transformed into pure muscle over the past couple years.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 27, 2012, 10:28 am

    I’m a student and when I’m at school, walking is forced on me (in a good way!!)! I’m not allowed to park on campus during the day and there is no bus service from my off-campus apartment to campus. So, everyday, I walk at least 2 miles just to get to class (a mile there, a mile back). My college town is very walker friendly and not very parking friendly so I usually walk other places as well and I love it! More exercise, less money spent on gas, less environmental impact!

  • Rebecca February 27, 2012, 10:36 am

    I walk to/from school every day, plus working six hours a week. It’s about a ten-minute walk to campus (main campus), and although I’ve been taking the shuttle to classes, I walk back to my room after or between classes if I have a long break, like on MWF. Plus walking between classes and stuff. I think I get the suggested amount of exercise most weeks. 🙂

  • Ali February 27, 2012, 10:36 am

    I am a HUGE walker! I tried running for 2-3 months last spring/summer but my knees and hips couldn’t handle it. I walked a 5-mile race on Thanksgiving (and was the first walker to cross the finish line – I even beat some of the run/walkers, something I never thought I could do!) and am currently training to walk a half marathon in May! I can definitely work up a major sweat when I am really pushing myself (4.5-4.7 mph pace) but I love that I can just go for a slower walk and it becomes my reflective and thinking time.

  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment February 27, 2012, 10:38 am

    I walked sooooo much when I was pregnant. I listened to a lot of podcasts. I have so many fond memories from that time – walking nearly every day. Lots of time to myself and lots of time in sunshine. Bliss. 🙂

    I choose where to live based on how walkable it is ( because my husband and I share a car. Now I walk to the library with my son several times a week. I am a big fan of turning errands into exercise – walking 1.5 miles to the grocery store is a my favorite!

    The only problem is living in Ohio – 4 or 5 months out of the year, it’s too cold to walk much! Boo.

  • Jenny February 27, 2012, 10:40 am

    LOVE this post! I couldn’t agree with you more….my journey has been very similar. Started out as a gym rat because the only way I could tolerate exercise was to put on headphones and pretend I was anywhere but the gym. Then we got a big-dog puppy who wanted to walk, walk, walk. I started walking with him instead of going to the gym. Walking turned into running and ultimately he helped me train for a half marathon. 4 years later, my attitude toward exercise is completely different and I find ways to walk more throughout the day. I also stopped running in the first trimester of my pregnancy, but walked until the day my daughter was born last July. Now, we do “pack” walks with dog and baby in tow and really enjoy it. It’s a very easy way to get some level of activity every day.

  • Caroline February 27, 2012, 10:46 am

    I like the coffee idea 🙂 I used to live in DC where you could walk everywhere – it was so nice! Now I live in NH where you have to drive everywhere ugh!

  • Whitney February 27, 2012, 10:53 am

    This is a great post! It triggered a question in my head. I’m a runner and from a runner’s perspective, how do you feel about walkers at the gym on the tredmill? Maybe it’s just me but I get a little irritated when all of the tredmills are occupied with walkers. I know walkers are entitled to walk on the tredmill just like I am to run but I was just curious of your thoughts. 🙂

  • Nicole W February 27, 2012, 10:54 am

    Thank you SO much for this post Caitlin!!

    I have the New Orleans Rock n’ Roll half marathon (my 3rd half) this Saturday, that I signed up for about 6 months ago and I’m traveling across the country for it. I’ve been really excited and training hard for it, but 10 days ago I got appendicitis and had sugery to get my appendix removed. Although the recovery isnt too long, the surgeon said I can’t run it (crushing my hopes of a sub 2 half) but could potentially walk it. So instead of missing out on the awesome race I decided to walk it, but I was a little ashamed.

    This post (and your half recap!) made me realize that it’s perfectly okay to walk it!! Now I’m really excited to challenge myself in a new way 🙂 Thank you!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery February 27, 2012, 11:02 am

    I like your walk before TV suggestion, I think I need to try that. My apartment complex is located on the bank of a river and there’s a really great walking path that I have yet to try. I agree that pet adoption is the way to go and my furry baby LOVES to go for walks. I think the funniest thing is his special potty spots that he has to mark every time we go for a walk. Have a good Monday!

  • Maria February 27, 2012, 11:09 am

    being in my 2nd trimester, I’ve had to phase out running because it was just too much on my bladder. With every step I took I felt like I had to run to the bathroom. Walking relaxes me and is not only good for my body, but my mind as well. I LOVE it!

  • kalli February 27, 2012, 11:12 am

    i highly recommend walking! thankfully my hubs and i bought a home in an urban neighborhood so we can walk everywhere! i agree with walking inthe morning and night and bringing coffee and the dog 🙂 great tips!

  • Chelsea February 27, 2012, 11:20 am

    I do the avon walk for breast cancer :)! Walk 26 miles one day and 13miles the day after. It’s pretty intense not going to lie lol.

  • Kristen@Change of Pace February 27, 2012, 11:22 am

    I love these tips. I think reading blogs can make you feel like you don’t exercise enough when you are only walking. There are so many runners, cross fitters, and body pumpers in the blog world that walking seems so miniscule. It can be easy to be down on yourself for only walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes after reading about someone who ran 10 miles that day. Walking is excellent exercise for anyone 🙂

  • Sarah February 27, 2012, 11:30 am

    If someone doesn’t have a dog themselves, I say they might borrow one (with permission of course).

    There are a couple of older folks in my neighborhood whose dogs are pretty much screaming (aka barking) for a walk. If you know your neighbors and their dogs well enough, it couldn’t hurt to ask.

    Frame it in the “I need some motivation to be fit and I think your dog could help me” way, not a “you are a horrible dog owner and everyone in the neighborhood hates you” way.

    • Whitney February 27, 2012, 12:28 pm

      This is a great suggestion! I feel so bad for dogs that do not get enough exercise from their owners 🙁

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 27, 2012, 11:31 am

    I love walking. I live in the city, which means I basically walk everywhere. Last semester I worked about twenty five minutes from work and I would walk there and back three times a week. It was great exercise and I got to know the city better!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 27, 2012, 11:35 am

    I LOVE walking! It’s definitely under rated.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots February 27, 2012, 11:50 am

    LOVE walking! I’m walking 39.3 miles in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk this summer in Chicago and it is crazy how good of a workout walking is. To for hours at a time requires some great mental and physical endurance.

  • Amanda (modernation) February 27, 2012, 11:59 am

    Love walking – especially with the husband and the dog. Something that I have never really thought about until this morning, but is it weird to anyone else to think about “government guidelines” for exercise. Do you think any other government creates guidelines for exercise? It seems like something that health experts should create guidelines for, not politicians.

  • Kim February 27, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I love walking! Another benefit is seeing your neighbors, keeping an eye on the neighborhood, and getting gardening ideas.

  • Deirdre @ Oh Well February 27, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Great advise! I was planning on making time during the work day to get out for a walk, even if just for 20 minutes. I have gotten in the bad habit of no lunch break and just sitting at my desk all day – no good.

  • Jess February 27, 2012, 12:27 pm

    I so appreciate this post! I used to do high intensity exercise 4-6 days a week..but for the last three months have been strictly limited to walking due to being on some very strong infertility medication, followed by a high risk pregnancy. At first it was SO DIFFICULT to slow down. But over time I’ve grown to love my new routine. I always try to listen to music…which makes time go by much quicker.

  • Hillary February 27, 2012, 12:44 pm

    When the weather gets nice and the days get longer, I love going for walks after dinner. It’s nice to get out, enjoy the fresh air, digest my food, and wind down at the end of the day. It’s something I look forward to all winter!

  • Laura February 27, 2012, 12:45 pm

    We’re doing a pedometer challenge at work, so I’ve started getting off the train a few stops earlier and walking in. Unfortunately we don’t really like in a walkable neighborhood anymore, but I am trying to take the dogs for more walks.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 27, 2012, 1:00 pm

    I have turned into a HUGE walk lover in the last few months!

  • Lisa February 27, 2012, 1:01 pm

    I’m a huge walker! I walk all the time. For example, I walk from my car 1.9 miles to my office every morning (unless it’s pouring rain) and I also walk during my lunch break. Walking is a nice, gentle way to get some fitness in–especially when my body is sore from an intense workout!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION February 27, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I love walking too!

    It does something that even running can’t do, and it’s the perfect “thinking” time. I love how it stretches everything out and it’s a great chance to get some fresh air. I can’t imagine starting my day without a nice long walk. And ending it with a short one. Love it!

    Great post! 😀

  • Helene February 27, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Loved this post! We adopted a Border Collie pup in November, and I just love going for long walks with him! I also go running with him, but it is snowing a lot here in Canada, so we go xc-skiing and walking instead. I never thought getting a dog would change our lives so much (for the best) and he is the best (and cutest) motivation to get my butt of the couch 🙂

  • Angie February 27, 2012, 1:34 pm

    I love this post 🙂 For years I have tried to be a distance runner or run races. I have finally accepted that while I love to run, a mile, two miles, or maybe a few more are OK, but I am happiest when I walk more than I run.

    I like almost daily exercise for mental health. My body cannot handle the pounding of running more than a mile or two at a time. I figure that I’m in it for a long time so I should celebrate the exercise that works best for me. Also – nothing is better than walking my dog. He always looks so happy when I pick up the leash and we head out.

  • Amber K February 27, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I wish I could enjoy walks more, but I don’t like walking in my neighborhood. It’s not the best, but I’ll do it with my husband sometimes. I just wish it wasn’t all hills. I’d love some flat breaks every once in awhile. But basically I’m either going up or down!

  • Alicia February 27, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I love walking! For this semester, I have been walking to and from school twice a day. It ends up adding to 34 km a week (21.2 miles). It is a great way to start and end my day, and it is less stressful than finding parking.

    The only downside is that I spend so much time walking (just under 2 hours/day that I have class) that I have been struggling to fit in my runs. Since running is a huge stress relief to me, and I turn into a jerk when I can’t run, I am now focusing on re-prioritizing my running.

    I am so happy that I love to move. It is a big switch from a few years ago when I was a lazy couch potato.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 27, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I LOVE walking! Such a great thing to do errands and talk with friends. GREAT post, girl!

  • Jen February 27, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I love walking; having two dogs (a Siberian husky and a golden retriever) got me into the habit, no matter what the weather. I walk and/or run to as many places as I can; I like to tell cashiers at the grocery store that I literally run errands. I also love walking around the neighborhoods with my camera in the spring and summer–most people wouldn’t expect it, but Buffalo has gorgeous gardens.

  • Joy February 27, 2012, 2:39 pm

    I run so I can say I’m a runner (shallow much Joy?) I walk because it is BY FAR my favorite thing to do. If I’m walking dobby in the city I think “there is nothing better than walking the city and seeing all the people” if I’m walking (or hiking) with him in the woods I think “I love watching those poodle ears flap – the woods are where it’s at” if I’m walking around the lake we live at I think “I live quite the life” and when I’m walking him on an errand (as I am right now – headed to the bank) I think “wow I’m blessed to enjoy the day and my best friend while accomplishing my to dos” so yup I love and live to walk!

  • Sarah February 27, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I LOVE walking too and come from the school of 2-3 day bush walks. There is NOTHING better than tramping in the mountains.
    I don’t get to do it as much now – I fit in gym or a run round my kids. But my days of evening walks (my fave) are long gone now the kids are in bed at 6pm and husb is at work till later. God I miss that 🙁

  • Morgan February 27, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I LOVE walking. I was walking 5-6 miles a day at the end of my pregnancy, and actually walked 5 miles the day my daughter was born (she was born 2hrs and 54 mins after my walk, talk about cutting it close!) Since having a baby I run much more than I walk, but you have actually inspired me to get out this afternoon for a quick stroll with my daughter, a great way to enjoy a rare sunny day in Seattle:)

  • Jules February 27, 2012, 3:33 pm

    I love walking! I could walk all day and not get tired of it. I pretty much always take my pooch Hudson with me for company, plus the exercise is good for him too – he’s a pretty high-energy breed. I’m pretty lucky to live in a safe, clean and beautiful area where the weather is awesome for walking in the wintertime, but when it’s summer here it’s too hot to get outside during the day so my hubs and I will take our long walks after dinner when the sun starts to set and it cools off. I love to listen to Joy the Baker’s podcasts while I walk, I feel like I’m listening to friends banter back and forth and I love it 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 27, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I love walking! I always walk to/from campus which is about 3 miles all together. I like that it’s a no-brainer way to get in physical activity on days when I don’t go to the gym!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 27, 2012, 8:48 pm

    I love walking! I am not a runner at all and actually prefer power walking. While in college I took a “Walking For Fitness” class as an elective. From then on I was hooked!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles February 27, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Thanks for this post – I totally needed it! I live less than a quarter of a mile from work, and try to walk Tue, Wed and Thur. I tried Mon and Fri, but as a teacher I lug way too much crap there on Mondays and back home on Fridays 🙂 Recently our wellness team dedicated Wednesday afternoons “get off your butt Wednesdays” and decided to go on a 30 minute walk around the park that butts up against our school. I’ve been in meetings every Wednesday since it started, but don’t have one this week and plan to attend. It will be a nice way to get to know my co-workers outside of regular day to day work chat 🙂

  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn February 27, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I walk everywhere as it is, but since I got a dog a few weeks ago I haven’t said no to one single walk. We do about 45 minutes in the morning and at least an hour at night. I’ve lost 3.4 lbs since I got her and besides being an amazing walking buddy, she loves my cats, she has a sassy eyebrow, she looks dangerous but is a pure buttercup and she weighs 55lbs but insists on being held like a baby!

    Yay to dog walking!

    • Brita February 28, 2012, 10:45 am

      Haha! A sassy eyebrow. Thanks for making me smile with that image 🙂

  • Jen February 28, 2012, 1:43 am

    Terrific post – very inspirational (and I NEED the inspiration)! I think that I am going to bookmark this. Thanks, Caitlin!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd February 29, 2012, 9:46 am

    I love using walks as time to catch up with the Hubby and also it makes our puppy very happy! She gets exercise and Jon and I have convorsation away from phones, computers, and the TV. Love it!

  • Kristen March 5, 2012, 4:06 am

    Not having a car in San Francisco ‘forced’ into a walking habit…there was no way I was going to deal with the hassle and expense of having a car in the city when there was public transportation and almost everything within walking distance. Instead of taking the bus, I try to make a conscious decision to walk and get some exercise..its an easy way to stay active AND get errands done. I will walk to the grocery store (heavy bags= challenging workout) or I will walk home from work (a good 45 mins of hills + chance to walk off some work-related stress). Even if I do nothing else all day, its nice to get out and move…living in San Francisco is like having a built-in gym with all the hills. Only time I regretted walking was when I thought I could take five full bags to Goodwill 10 blocks away…I made it four before giving up and hailing a cab.

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