Local parks are the best place to start. Find the most serene park in your community and plan a walk there. It is even better if there is a pond with some ducks to enjoy after the walk. The walking trails at parks are usually debris free and well maintained. Visiting your local parks, especially if you live in a large city, can help your psyche slow down and enjoy the walk in a more tranquil way.
Almost every community has a historic district that is full of amazing history. They often are surround by big, old, classic homes on streets that look like they came straight out of a 1950’s movie. Like parks, historic districts often have well maintained sidewalks and few obstacles. Many cities put up plaques that tell you about different parts of the city and the history associated. Walking hand in hand on a historic street can have a wonderful calming effect. There is something about connecting with that past that makes things more tangible in the present.
Another great way to get away from the hustle and bustle is to go on a hiking trail. Nature helps to ground you in the here and now. You really have to pay attention because there could be quite a bit of debris and uneven ground. Many hiking trails will display their difficulty level or you can find that information on the parks website. It is recommended to check out the difficulty level as well as the distance and route of the trail before beginning. Hiking a trail and having a picnic lunch is a wonderful way to spend the day unplugged with a loved one, still while getting your walk on.
Incorporating a few different romantic walks for you and your significant other can keep you from falling into a walking rut. If you don’t normally walk with your partner then taking a romantic walk can help you share your passion for walking. Take the time to enjoy each others company, hold hands, and talk to one another. Reconnecting can take some practice, you may want to schedule a different walk every week, or once a month, whatever your schedules allow. Walking is the perfect exercise for connecting with others.
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