Clear your mind
If you’ve found seated meditation practically impossible, try quieting your mind while you walk. “You can get a lot of the same benefits just by focusing on your breath and body,” says Kusch.
Capture the moment
Sometimes you want to leave your damn phone at home. But if you’re into Instagram or love photography, snap pics on your walks. “It lets you be creative, and sharing them can inspire friends and family to get out there, too,” says fitness expert Sarah Kusch.
Talk to people (yeah, really)
“So what if you take a short break?” says Kusch. “I met one of
my best friends while taking a walk. If I hadn’t stopped and said hello, I’d have missed out on a lifelong pal.”
Dig into data
Fitbits. Garmins. Good ol’ pedometers. There are so many cool options for wearable tech and apps that will track your steps, mileage, and speed. “They’re really motivating,” says Kusch. “My favorite app is Runkeeper.” Go to prevention.com/bestapps for more.
Work on gratitude
“Some days I spend my entire walk thinking of things or people I am grateful for,” says Kusch. “It makes me happy, and I go back to the ‘real world’ a better person.”
Let yourself be pissed off
“Sometimes I’m mad or just crabby,” says Kusch. “Instead of letting it ruin my day, I give myself 30 minutes to be pissy. I start walking and within 5 minutes I’m over it.”
Get off the beaten track
“New surroundings cultivate new thoughts and add an interest to your walks,” says Kusch. “Even if you don’t travel, I’d bet that there is a nearby neighborhood, forest, or city you could explore. Just get out there.”
Finally get to that book
“I’m often so tired that when I do have a spare moment to read, I fall asleep,” laughs Kusch. “So I love downloading audiobooks for my walks. I’ll get through a chapter or two in 30 minutes, and then knowing the next chapter is waiting for me makes me excited for my walks.”
Call a friend
“I have people that I never get around to calling,” says Kusch. “Now I give them 30 minutes and we catch up while I move my body. It’s a win-win.”
Power through podcasts
Here are our top six out of all the awesome free audio series out there to entertain and enlighten you while you walk.
If you’re into health, try: Only Human. Beautifully told stories about our “amazing bodies and what happens when they fail us.”
If you want to be inspired, try: TED Radio Hour. Each episode focuses on a common theme—happiness or creativity, for example—based on talks given on the famous stage.
If you want to laugh, try: Nerdist. Chris Hardwick interviews notable comedians and entertainers while discussing “what it really means to be a nerd.”
If you want ear bubble gum, try: Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald. She doesn’t hold back when dishing with or about actors, comedians, and reality stars.
If you want a good story, try: Invisibilia. An incredibly entertaining podcast that talks about the invisible forces that control human behaviour.
If your sex life could use spice, try: Sex with Emily. Sex expert and Bravo TV star Emily Morse keeps you informed and entertained while offering realistic advice.