Happy National Walking Day! Oh, the irony.

This national holiday was founded to encourage all walks of life to get out, stretch their legs, and get their hearts pumping.

 

Sponsored by The American Heart Association, this day is used as a reminder that taking regular walks has many health benefits and you don’t have to be an olympic runner to stay active and be healthy.

With that being said, if you’ve stepped out into your neighborhood for a light or brisk jaunt to burn off a few calories and your stir crazy, you’ve probably noticed the whole neighborhood doing the same. If you’ve done the awkward who is stepping onto the road to maintain the required 6′ social distancing dance or are wondering if it’s even safe to get out and about, here are a few things to note!

But first...

A very relevant 50-minute Walking Playlist for you!

  1. Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
  2. Walk this Way by Aerosmith
  3. Walk by Foo Fighters
  4. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
  5. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
  6. Take a Walk by Passion Pit
  7. Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed
  8. Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox
  9. Walking the Wire by Imagine Dragons
  10. Walk it Talk it by Migos and Drake
  11. The Rat by the Walkmen
  12. Heard you Bought a House by Walker Lukens
  13. Soul Vibration by J-Walk

Listen On Spotify!

Rules of the sidewalk

  1. It is currently permissible to go outside for exercise!
  2. But, don’t go outside if you’re sick, under mandated quarantine or have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19.
  3. Maintain at least a proper 6-foot distance from all other walkers as recommended by CDC and WHO.
  4. Do not meet with anyone outside of your current household to go on walks.
  5. Walks can include in your neighborhood or on trails.
  6. Dr. David Agus during an interview with CBS said, “U.V. sunlight does degrade the virus.” But, you should still play it safe and follow these rules of the sidewalk.
  7. Practice good hygiene during and when you get home from a walk. Don’t touch anything. Don’t touch your face. Sneeze and cough in your elbow. Wash your hands when you get back.
  8. If you’re moving faster than other walkers, make a wide clearing around them. If you have to step into the street watch for traffic.
  9. Make eye contact with people, wave, say hello. From what we know, you can’t contract the virus through friendliness and eye contact from afar. We could all use a healthy dose of connection and interaction, even if it comes in the form of a small head nod.
  10. If you’re coming face to face with other walkers, use common courtesy. If walkers have strollers or are elderly, safely move into the street so they don’t have to.

How to Keep your walks interesting

  1. If you’ve been working from home all day, everyday, a walk could be a great opportunity to get UNPLUGGED. Don’t bring your phone or keep it in your pocket. Pay attention and appreciate the things happening around you. You can even play the five senses game as a way to relieve anxiety or stress — pick five things you see, hear, smell, taste, and physically feel (just don’t actually touch anything).
  2. Take a long-distance friend or family member on a walk with you virtually. We’re all missing our close friends and loved ones who might be physically out-of-reach. Use a walk as a way to get connected and do something fun together. Introduce your loved one to your neighborhood and let them introduce you to theirs using Zoom or FaceTime.
  3. Journal and walk. Take a journal with you to write down what you notice as you walk around. This could be a great way to checkin with how you’re feeling or exercise your creative muscle.
  4. Sketch and walk. Take a sketchbook or something you can draw on with you. Pick a favorite tree or house and try to quickly sketch it while you walk.
  5. Photograph and walk. Bring a camera or use a camera phone and take photos/video as you walk around. Turn it into a series or collage.
  6. Listen to music. Use this time to listen to a curated playlist meant for your walk. Trade playlists with friends and family. Or, listen to new music and genres outside of your music library to expand your horizons.
  7. Bring a ball to toss around with the kids as you walk.

Though we’re really missing our indoor track and you’re usually #betteroffindoors, right now, time walking outside is time well spent.

 

Happy Walking!