Welcome back to Fitness Friday! If you’re new to it, check out the first post HERE. This week I am talking about my week experimenting with walking damn near everywhere and trying to really make an effort to “get my steps in” each day. But YOU, you can link up pretty much any fitness-related post and join in the fun!
When I visited my BFF in Vancouver, he lived downtown and we walked everywhere. I loved it! Groceries we picked up on our feet, growlers of beer, a walk to the coffee shop, a walk just for the sake of walking, it was awesome. Montreal – same thing. I loved touring on my feet and while I definitely don’t live downtown in a city (I’m currently in the ‘burbs), I made it my mission this week to test out walk-commuting a bit more. It is really awesome for the most part but sometimes it’s not the greatest.
- For the record, I live about 4 miles (6.4km) from work, 2.5 miles (4km) from my bus to school, 5 miles (8km) from my gym, and 1.5 miles (2.5km) from the closest Starbucks (YES THAT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE FIRST THREE). Apparently people think these distances are very very far so when someone says, “Oh wow isn’t that a little far to walk,” I have to give myself a pep talk to actually follow through and do it.
- I have to manage my time a lot better, especially in the morning. I can easily sip my coffee for a solid hour before driving to the bus stop and heading to school or getting down to work on my thesis but when your commute is now 40 minutes instead of 10, you have to plan your time a lot more efficiently.
- Okay, admittedly, there were moments I was tired of walking. I got to work after over 75 minutes of walking errands, like ironically renewing my car registration and dropping off a library book, and was SO ready to A) drink water and B) stop walking when I got to work.
I have to say, office jobs where sitting all day is almost mandatory, feel a lot better when you walk to them.
- My town is a lot hillier than I thought. I mean I have run these roads before but when you are huffing and puffing at the top of what you ‘thought’ was a gradual little incline, it is slightly embarrassing. Just working on those glutes and quads yo.
- I have yet to have to walk in complete darkness as I got home most nights around 6pm when there was still some light in the sky, but when I do I know I will be taking out my headphones and listening for murderers. The quickest route to most places takes me on a riverside path with very few lights and the potential that I will die. On Wednesday night I got off work at 9pm and my dad offered to drive me home and I most definitely took him up on that offer.
- Paying attention to my steps makes me competitive with myself. I use the steptracker on my phone (and have added the FitBit Surge to my birthday wish list) and seeing that number each day makes me want to definitively hit 10,000 each day and see how many I can add with each little walk commute. I don’t have my phone everywhere with me and I don’t have it in the gym so I’ve never really had a good idea of how many steps I got each day but tracking those numbers has really opened my eyes to how much sitting I do each work day.
- I have recently discovered the app “Hoopla” where I can rent eBooks with my city library card and listen to them while walking. I just started “You Are A Badass” and so far I love it. I don’t want to say it’s a “self-help” book but it kind of it. It’s all about reaching your best you and realizing your potential in life. I got caught up on my favourite podcasts really quickly walking so much so I dove into audiobooks. “You Are A Badass” kind of makes you questions what you want to do in life and really how you’re going to get there.
- I get hot really easily when exercising and if I’m walking to work I don’t want to be gross and sweaty when I get there so I dress pretty lightly. Yesterday I dressed a tad too lightly and was SO cold by the time I got to my bus. At least I wasn’t sweating right? Ha ha ha.
In conclusion, I love walking. It’s not strenuous, it can be done complimentary to my gym workouts, it gets me from A to B, it gives me a chance to clear my head, I have lots of time to listen to podcasts, music, and audiobooks, and I am getting some fresh air and a bit of physical activity. I don’t love having to dress halfway between ‘going for a run’ and ‘work attire,’ and having to pee halfway through my walk commute, but it is definitely a healthier habit that I will continue to experiment with!
Do you get to walk-commute?
If you could pick where you lived (not counting jobs and family) where would it be?