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  1. MommaJ

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    I am walking just about everyday from a half mile to 2 miles which is amazing all things considered. Doctor says no hard pack and primarily flat surfaces.

    So during the week I walk the cemetery down the street and on the weekend I go off trails with Ray and Hermes

    But

    I am soooooo bored.

    What are some ways that you guys keep from getting bored when walking the same area over and over again.
     
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    Look for cool rocks on the ground :)

    Bring a plant ID book and try a new one each trip
     
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    I almost always have binoculars on me. Great for bird watching. :)
     
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    Walk a dog and instead of making the dog follow you, you follow the dog wherever he/she may lead. Observe all the things the dog finds interesting and try to see the world the same way (though not necessarily using your nose the same way...)
     
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    Walk with a friend and talk about your day. Books on tape. Barefoot (really...helps with balance as well as conditioning your feet).
     
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    i look for bushcrafting materials in the ditches. do your roads have ditches off the shoulders?
     
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    Lol that's why I bring ray with me when I bring Hermes(my puppy). As soon as he smells a deer he takes off running after it. There is no walking with him there is only running.

    I love barefoot walking but that's on hold for now according to the doc. But a book on tape is a good idea especially walking around the cemetary.
    I spent last week investigating the various headstones and found some plants I knew but a lot I didn't know. Gonna throw my plant id book into my haversack for Monday night.
     
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    Make your own mark on the trail, and try to find it again next time.

    I usually find a somewhat remarkable rock and place it somewhere.
     
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    Not really any ditches around me and if there was I wouldn't be going into them. Alot of drug use around here and tons of empty bottles and cans. Not gonna risk it.
     
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    rats. that stinks ...
     
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    Try walking backwards .
    Good practice in the event it becomes necessary.
    No kidding .
     
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    I need to start walking again. The humidity this summer has kicked my keister. :(
     
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    Or do some isometrics while you're walking.

    Hold a small weight in an outstretched arm and hold it as long as you can.
     
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    Tell me about it. I'm sweating like I just took a shower after 30 mins of walking. Its nasty out
     
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    I'm waiting for it to cool off a bit more, too. We're hitting 105° F daily. I still get out but not as much as I want to. And then there's yardwork.

    It normally breaks around mid-Sept, though, so not much longer.
     
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    Walking backwards, sideways :)

    I find listening to operas interesting. They are not things that I am naturally drawn to, having been brought up on Hawkwind and post punk bands in the early 80s. But, the stories are intriguing and the way the same story might be handled by different composers always says something. So, it is something a bit alien and a bit of a challenge and with unfamiliar rewards. And, whether you actually like it or not, the singing itself is difficult not to admire.

    Also, keeping an audio diary on your phone. Photographing bugs. ( Had to do some recuperative exercise myself at one point :))
     
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    I was thinking more like on a leash to prevent the running off but yeah, if they're not leash trained, they can certainly pull you faster than you can walk...
     
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    I do that with my little dog. I let her explore some. It is her only chance to find new things.

    The smart a$$ in me was going to suggest that. LOL...

    Any public transport around? If so, hop a bus or train and go to new areas. I remember LOTS of neat places when I lived in Buffalo. I rode my bike to them though.
     
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    I just can't breath. Then I get dizzy and it's lights out:(
     
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    Ponder this.

    sm-lagrangian_web.png
     
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    Not really except to go to the city which is not an easy,fun or cheap thing to do.

    Oh geez that's not good. I only get dizzy when looking up and walking. So I avoid looking up and all is good.
     
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    No no no and a big NO just incase you missed it
    Lol
     
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    Someone told this joke on another forum and everyone peed themselves laughing ... except me ... don't get it. :lol: So, a 101 audio book on nuclear physics, perhaps

    "A sub-atomic particle was pulled over by a cop, who said:

    "You were travelling at 90mph , sir"

    The particle replied:

    "Great! Now I'm lost!"


    (Oh, actually, I forgot to say, I am learning Mandarin Chinese using one of those Michel Thomas CD sets ... got it from the library ... that is good for whiling away the hours, conversin' with the flowers)
     
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    I don't have any physical activities that I do to entertain myself when walking besides perhaps using a walking stick but I do always like to think when I walk.

    Perhaps try becoming engrossed in a project, book, or even a TV show right before heading out on the walk and just think about whatever it was that had your attention earlier. After talking to someone over the phone head out and think about your conversation you just had and try and recall what was said or how happy that person makes you. Even if you are pondering a question as to why the sky is blue?, head out on a walk and see if you can develop a reasonable argument as to why. You may not figure out the why to your question but it will hopefully take your mind to other engageable thoughts that may be tantalizing enough to keep from becoming bored.
     
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    It is a play on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle that says we can only know either a particle's location OR it's speed, but never both at the same time. So by the cop identifying the particle's speed, any information about it's location vanishes (so the particle is lost).

    It is pretty funny :)
     
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    Thanks for the explanation. Now I can save myself from the pondering walk. Lol
     
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    Walking /running backward actually is a part of our fencing warm up (sword fighting ) That is why it important to me.
     
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    Which is due to the fact that the act of observing changes what's being observed...

    To observe you need some sort of information transport mechanism, be it a photon of light, and when it interacts with the particle being observed to gather that information, that interaction changes it... kinda like billiards, maybe.
     
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    We live and learn. This is great :)

    You could also buy some Shure SE 215 in ear phones ... for listening. The 315s are better, but the 215s really do transform your listening. They go in back to front and block out surrounding sound ... so these are things to wonder about. Also, they cost about $100US. But I've had mine for ages and they ain't broke yet. Get the Comply replacement buds for the extracting the best possible from them, and put CD onto your Ipod/phone whatever at 'lossless' ... maybe even get a little DAC

    Then when you have done all that you can go buy a Walkman A55 DAP and just totally lose yourself :)
     
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    Carry a slingshot and fling pebbles at stuff?
     
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    The man knows of what he speaks.
     
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    Two things, one, your local library should have books on audio tape, even small town libraries have a variety of subjects on audio tape in stock or they will order tapes for you, all you need is a Walkman styled player and ear buds.

    Two, make a set of Pace Beads (there are tutorials on U-tube), they are easy and fun to make, then practice using them on your walks, they are a useful skill to learn for folks who spend time in the woods and for survival in an emergency to gauge distance and time, then you can wow your kids when you teach them the skill.
    Another fun part of making Pace Beads is that you can let your imagination wander and personalize them as far as beads, colors, and lacing material, best of all they can be as plain or as fancy, inexpensive or expensive as your needs or budget allows.

    Good on you for putting in the time and effort to keep up your health. :dblthumb:
     
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    i walk the local flea mkts at least 3x/week

    sometimes carrying my plunder back to the Jeep/truck is like a weight lifting exercise ;-)
     
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    Even if you do the same walk repeatedly, it is NEVER the same.

    Notice what's different each time -- the lighting, the clouds, the flowers, the temperature ... -- no matter how seemingly insignificant.

    Change is all there is.
     
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    If you have a smartphone audiobooks (Audible.com), music, podcasts.

    I have been slacking on walking lately but noticed my pace was a lot faster with certain music. Depends on what you want out of your walk I guess.

    Depending on where you walk it may be a wise choice to leave an ear open for safety.

    A pair of cheap Bluetooth headphones makes it a bit easier to pack everything around.
     
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    Its a side effect of some meds. But its beats dyin
     
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    Do some research on walking meditation. It might be just the thing for you.
    Have fun.
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    walk the beach an look at pretty girls, you'll go 50 miles a day and not even notice it :D
     
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    Definitely plant ID. I have a habit of passing the time chugging (and sweating) uphill on long bike climbs by trying to ID plants I'm passing on the shoulder. Keeps my mind distracted from the toil.

    Also, consider taking your walk at different and unusual times of the day, noting what is different (noise and traffic levels, wildlife, etc.).

    Can you drive to and do your distance in a new place?
     
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    I’ll give you a hint. It’s a lagarian model
    whats the answer to this lagarian model?
     
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    Try going the opposite direction: If you normally circle the cemetery clockwise, go counter-clockwise. You'll get a different perspective on what you have been seeing, maybe even see something new that you missed before.

    Sing.

    Quote whatever you have memorized: lines of poetry, Bible verses, your family's birthdays and anniversaries, the preamble to the constitution . . .

    Mentally list everything for which you are thankful, and then come home and add them to the "thankful" thread here.

    Count every bird and squirrel you see.

    Enjoy!

    Marlene
     
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    Simple. @MommaJ should walk the path of least action.
     
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    @Cascadian , thanks. I now have to rub the sharp pain behind my left eye away.
     
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    @MommaJ

    Thank you for inspiration.

    Went out this morning at sunup.

    Walked to the end of my driveway, then to the end of the road , saw a big ole barred owl. Then I walked to a trail head and headed in. Saw some sweet lookin mushrooms and some slugs havin a buffet

    You ever watch slugs eat?? One of the coolest things I've seen! So I hiked some more. Was amazed how low the water table is. Springs I've rarely seen low are bone dry!

    Then I hiked some more...waddle waddle

    Next thing ya know I'm in the parking lot of the nature preserve!! So I gotta walk back but decided to go down the highway.

    Found a smooshed snapping turtle along a swamp. As I was pokin it with my staff I saw a squirrel, then 2! Then I saw something twitch up in a tree. RED TAILED HAWK!! Then another!! And another!!

    So I sit back and hope I get to see some action! But the hawks started messin with each other (I think they're adolescents) and the squirrels took off in a old dead tree.

    So I walked some more. Waddle waddle.
    Found about 75cents in empty cans.

    Walked on home! Busted tired, stinky! But feelin good. I think it was about 3 1/2mi.

    So thank you.

    (And Ive got this Duck walked up to a lemonade stand song stuck in my head. ....

    And then he waddled away, waddle waddle....)
     
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    Good for you @MommaJ !
    I too need to get back to the after lunch stroll but the heat and humidity make it miserable.
     
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    @MommaJ

    Couple thoughts:

    1) Not sure what you are recovering from, but look into Katy Bowman's work regarding natural movement. She is a GENIUS, and I think that her teachings should be in every school. Check out her podcast, and her books. Move Your DNA was most influential and informative for me.

    2) Walking the same path daily is GREAT for plant identification and recognition because you will see the plants as they develop and change. I like to take a picture of the plants, then post pictures to plant ID sites on facebook. My wife calls them the plant nerds. They ID things quickly, then I research them to find any useful properties. Then, whenever I walk by that plant again, I say it's name every time. Repetition helps you remember them.

    3) Meditation. I think Headspace has a walking meditation. May be worth looking into.

    4) Audiobooks. I'm assuming you have a smart phone. Get an account with your local library, or if you want to pay, Audible, and then pick out an audio book. I loose myself in audiobooks really easily. When I was walking my dogs on the same path day in and day out last year it was really easy due to audio books.

    5) My favorite is podcasts. The podcast app from apple is free, I'm sure androids is too. Find something you're interested in. I listen to Katy Bowmans podcast, Nourish Balance Thrive is interesting, the early stuff from The Minimalists is good. There are audio dramas, such as We're Alive that are AMAZING. I listened to that in college every day on my walk to and from campus. Found myself shooting imaginary zombies and thinking about what I would do in their situations.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    While you have this time to focus on range of motion, gait, posture and sustainable exercise, you might take a look at the Pacer Pole .. it is reverse handle pole and hugely applauded by those who have used them. Heather Rhodes is good people and the designer/advocate, very personable. She has set the Pole in a philosophical framework of attention to one's physiological architecture, its conditioning and future maintenance.

    I think I may be biting soon ... taken me a while to get up the gumption though. There is something about the look of trekking poles which upsets my inner self image of indestructible eighteen year old. I think by now I should get over that :)

    A couple of years ago I wrote to her idly asking if the poles could be used snowshoeing, and she replied with the loveliest letter explaining what it was all about and the techniques of sustainable walking when you have physical complications to manage

     
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    Please forgive my ignorance. I never understood the power of a pole, not even a staff(besides defensive purposes). I have tried it briefly and apologetically don’t see the difference, especially when no force is being applied to the poles.
     

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