Walking in Your City(or rural area): where and how often do you?

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    Aug 22, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    How often do you walk for pleasure or fitness? What are your favorite destinations in your area?

    My partner and I have always enjoyed long(15-20 mile) walks to explore a city while we're traveling and exploring. Recently we've started doing the same long distance explorations in our home city of Atlanta.

    We're discovering neighborhoods we didn't know and SOME GREAT BAKERIES and coffeehouses(yep, no weight loss).

    Atlanta has a 19 mile path running through the city to a park out of town. And of course we love finding our own routes through the city along less trafficked streets.

    How is your area for walking and how often do you go exploring?
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    Aug 22, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    Very very very seldom...like never (well, not more than a mile or so).
    But if I had someone to walk with, I'd walk all day long.
    Everyone I know is too lazy to walk...even 1/2 mile.
  • tazzari

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    Aug 22, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    I can certainly agree with theantijock! Arthritis and the results of 40 years of running have made walking less easy than it once was, but with a Tylenol and a pressure bandage/brace, I still enjoy it.

    My favorite passtime is to get "lost" in London and just walk and walk. Almost as good is to pick some distant destination and find my way there on foot. Or walking in the woods. The trick, for me, is to find some place that is either new or interesting - and then the aches and pains get forgotten.

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  • Latenight30

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    Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    I walk all over Atlanta and anywhere I join my guy on a Layover.
    I live off the PATH and use it all the time to get up to stores or in my hood I just walk down to any of the local restaurants.
    It's great that Atlanta still has neighborhoods.
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    I live 2.5 miles away from my department at school. I walk everyday instead of driving or taking the bus. It just seems pointless to get in a car when I can enjoy the weather, save money, and get exercise.
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    I llove walking the forest paths around my house, but if I lived downtown I probably wouldn't make the effort except on weekends. It's too congested in the city for me to enjoy it :S

    I usually do everyday, nature is just too beautiful to miss.
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    Mapquest has 'Walking Directions' option.....and it seems reliable though I can't tell yet if Mq is aware of city trails or simply delivers the most efficient walking route. Anyone used it or gotten walking instructions on Google or elsewhere?
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    Aug 22, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    I don't have a car and walk as much as possible, skipping the subway unless the weather is bad or I have to be somewhere in a hurry.

    I also walk my dog 3-4 times a day and try to take different routes with her.

    I was out of town for a week and had a rental car - I really missed walking but the car was a necessity.
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    I love walking in London. There is always something new to see, even when walking the same route. It is not unusual for me to cover 15-20 miles on a single walk in central London, which I do every couple of weeks.

    I still have not got around to visiting New York City, but when I do I know I will walk until I drop.
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    We love long "urban hikes" and used to do them all the time, though the frequency has decreased since we now spend a lot of our weekend time out at the farm. The DC area is great for long walks - you can often coordinate with Metro, so every walk doesn't have to be a loop.

    We also walked when we lived in Honolulu, but it was difficult due to the lack of sidewalks and planning for pedestrian traffic. We had people that we know see us out walking, stop, and ask us if we needed a ride, because if we were walking, clearly our car had broken down!

    Whenever we vacation in urban areas, we try to take off on long walks as well, and have done it everywhere from Beijing to Berlin. Spending the day walking is a fantastic way to learn a lot about a new place.

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    Aug 22, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    Having a dog - ours is a bull terrier named Emily my husband and I rescued from local shelter - forces me to go out and walk on the esplanade/boardwalk in front of our home in New Westminster, BC. Great way to people watch, meet other people with dogs and even meet other gay guys (supposedly 'New West' is the nest 'West End' - gay neighborhood in Vancouver.....ya, right!). If you see Emily and me (or husband Terry...) out walking, say 'Hi'. Just look for a all-white friendly dog!
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidI love walking in London. There is always something new to see, even when walking the same route. It is not unusual for me to cover 15-20 miles on a single walk in central London, which I do every couple of weeks.

    I still have not got around to visiting New York City, but when I do I know I will walk until I drop.


    You'll love it. When I first moved to NY, I used to walk around as much as possible so I could get to know different neighborhoods. I once walked from my old apartment at 162nd street on the west side to my boyfriend's apartment on 12th street on the east side. It took 3 1/2 hours, which included a stop at Borders Books by Columbus Circle for a little break. I did it because a friend of mine said she once walked along Broadway from south to north.
  • sloughwest

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    Aug 22, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    I love walking cities, in my opinion can be the best way to see the real city. really like to shun the tourist routes.

    Often I take a long suffering friend with me , we'll both end up with blisters by the end of the day.

    Wandering down the back streets seeing the washing hanging out, or finding the locals bar and bakery is the real way to experience the taste and culture.
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    I usually go for long walks after dinner, when I'm on business travel. Exploring new places, even if it's just walking through residential neighborhoods, cities have interesting differences.

    At home, it's mostly walking around the farm, in the course of work. In fact, I ended up buying an ATV, because I didn't have time to walk back to the shop for a tool, etc. At least the dogs get exercise, running along side.
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    I do both every day. I walk a good 20 miles a day just for fun.
  • carew28

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    Aug 22, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    I love to walk, and at this point in my life, it's often the only exercise I get, sometimes for months on end. I just wish I could motivate myself to do it more often. I live in an urban area and there's no open space (parks, woodland, etc.) nearby, so the only place to walk is along the sidewalk in my neighborhood. I'm usually tired when I arrive home, I turn on the TV and eat supper in front of it, and can't get motivated to go out for a walk, especially in the winter, when it's cold, with snow and ice, and it takes so long to get dressed, put on boots, etc. It's a bit easier in the summer, but I still don't go out walking as often as I should.

    I grew up in the same medium-sized , somewhat rundown, city in which I presently live, but in the 1960's there was always some open space, even small patches of woodland, where people could go for an enjoyable walk; not anymore. Everything in my neighborhood, for miles around, is now concrete and asphalt. I really do think that urban planners should try to leave a patch of woodland in every neighborhood where people could take a walk. It would improve people's health and be good for their morale.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 22, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    I live in the countryside and often go for long walks as a change from the running.If my knees go with age,rigorous walking will be my exercise of choice.I did this last winter when the weather was severely cold,frosty and snowy.
    My area is very good for walking,with lots of off road routes and signing.One of the best walks is out of the village and down to the nearby salt marsh and sea:no traffic,few people,just lots of wildlife and silence.I usually go once a week,about eight,ten miles.
    A good long walk is kind to the mind,too,as they`s always something new to see you wouldn`t have from a car;unconscious meditation for my problems and they always seem less when I return.
    I`d heartily recommend it!
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    Aug 22, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    Anyone use a PEDOMETER to keep track of your steps/distance?

    Keeping track is my partner's motivation and he's become a walking fanatic since he got a pedometer as part of his workplace fitness challenge. Our one day best was 23.5 miles....split between an early morning and early evening walk.

    A pedometer will also help you measure your distance on an elliptical or climber too. The cost of a good one is about $20 and might be just the motivation you or a friend needs.