Pick some fruit
Do you know of some neglected apple trees in your community or where some roadside raspberries are wilting away? “Give your walk more purpose (and weight) by setting out to gather along the way. Bending and squatting, reaching and carrying ramps (or other fruits and veggies), not only ramps up the physical benefits of your walk, you can count your walk toward your volunteer time by joining a gleaning group,” says Katy Bowman, biomechanist and author of Movement Matters. Not familiar with a gleaning group? It’s a group that picks unwanted fruit and donates it to a local food bank. Fresh fruit and these other items are what food banks need most.
Everyone needs a break from being the walking group leader. Ilyse Baker, AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and creator of Dancinerate workouts suggests choosing a walking captain for a walk. The captain’s job is to come up with a walking topic. Try topics like new recipes, books, films, restaurants, trails for hiking, vacation destinations, or nutrition tips. “The captain would start the conversation and then invite everyone else to join in with their favorite picks. Not only will this be fun to educate yourself on new things to try, you will also be having fun while forgetting that you are exercising,” says Baker. Want to tone up for spring? Here’s how to walk for weight loss.