Walking on a treadmill in a gym is unbearably boring. Nobody likes getting in shape by walking the same speed on a flat surface staring blankly at the wall, at best with music coming in through headphones.
It makes things tedious, and when you have to do something tedious, more often than not you’re going to stop doing it. If you really want to commit to fitness and not be bored to death while doing it, get outside and walk in some interesting places instead.
There are so many good places to walk all around the world. No matter where you live, you’re bound to have some place good not too far away and have fun while you get fit. One common place is the park.
Almost every city or town has a park that you can go visit, and they often have dedicated paths and trails just for people who want to run or walk around. You can park and go through that whole path and it might end up being over a mile before you even realize it.
Some cities have botanical gardens open to the public, and this is a great option, too. They’re essentially much nicer parks, full of flowers and beautiful trees. Having this scenery makes the long walk so much more bearable because you’re actually seeing things that you like, and as the seasons progress, you’ll be able to see all the flora changing.
One of the best options is hiking. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a nature reserve or natural park with hiking trails, it’s highly recommended to hike through there. It has changing slopes and elevations, so you’re going to get better cardio than you would on a treadmill anyway, but it also has the added bonus of better sights and a feeling of accomplishment.
If you’re going to go hiking or even going through some park trails, be sure to know what kind of animals live in that area. Whether it be insects, snakes, or mammals, there could be some dangerous life out there, and you’ll want to be sure to steer clear of it no matter what.
Your best bet is to not touch any plants or animals that you see out in nature, because you have no idea what they’re like, what they can do, and if they have any diseases. Try bringing a friend along for added company and added protection and bring along a camera so you can have fun snapping pictures along the way!