Walking The Walk

Hello loves ❤


Walking is such a great thing for the mind but I also think walking for a purpose is a good idea also ❤

Below are 50 different types of walks you can go on ❤


  1. Colour walk – Bring a camera/phone look for the brightest colors, make a photo collage of your collection.


  1. Texture walk- Bring a camera/phone and take pics of various textures.


  1. Smell Walk – Pay close attention to your nose. Note any distance smells. If you can’t identity them, try to describe them. If you have a phone you could dictate this or take notes when you get home.


  1. Delight walk- Look out for things that delight or tickle you. You may use these as destination points for future walks. You might share these with others to enjoy, via social media


  1. Slow walk – Go as slowly as you can manage. Pay attention to your five senses as you walk to the end of of the block and back. Note what you’ve noticed for the first time.


  1. Destination walk – Pick a spot you want to spend some time at. Go there. Spend some times there regularly. Try to notice every detail and see what changes the next time you are there.


  1. Walking at different times of day – Notice the lighting changes, the different people out, the amount of traffic at various times.


  1. Back alleys- Walk the alleys of your neighbourhood. In my neighbourhood this is a great place to shop as people leave things they no longer want in the alley to be ‘recycled.’



  1. Architecture walk- Note any buildings that don’t match the others. Pay a visit to your city archives and see what you can find out about them. Take a picture and then try to draw them when you get home.


  1. DIY Art Walk- Bring a phone/camera and note creative endeavours by your neighbours. Share them if you like, but be kind about it.


11.Mark a trail- Bring along natural coloured yarn and scissors. Mark a favourite route.


12.Designated stop points- Pick several spots along a regular route to stop and check more closely whenever you go by. Notice changes in those spots.


  1. Sound walk – Pay close attention to the sounds around you. Name them to yourself, or take note of them or record them


  1. Upper View- Look up. Look, waaay up. Don’t trip. Notice the tops of trees, the rooftops and the sky.



  1. Lower View- Look mostly at the ground during this walk, what do you find there?


  1. Night walking – Go out after dark. Look in windows, but only from the sidewalk (don’t actually stop or go up to the window). In Amsterdam, people keep their curtains open at night because they say it looks more cozy for the people walking by and it does.


  1. Numbers – Do a counting walk. Count your steps, count the cracks in sidewalk, count houses, trees, cars, pets, ….you name it


  1. Story walk- Imagine you are going a tour of your neighbourhood to a person who landed here in a time machine from the early 1800’s or an alien, or a foreign dignitary. What would you say?


  1. Tree walk- Note how many different kinds of trees you see in your neighbourhood. Look them up, find out their names. Talk to them the next time you see them and call them by name. Check out “The Hidden Life of Trees”* to get to know them better.


  1. Complete a task- Walk to complete a task: get some groceries, mail a letter, go to the bank, go to the library, pick up a child from school, etc.


  1. Scavenger walk- Make a list of random objects and then see if you can find them on your walk. Better yet, get a child to make a list of things for you to find. Even better, bring the child along to help find the items on the list.


  1. Timed walk- See how far you can get in 15 minutes. See if you can beat it the next time. (NOTE: Running is not cheating)


  1. Walking as alternative transportation- Skip the bus or the car, see if you can walk it. OR, get off the bus early or park far away from your destination, on purpose.


  1. Walking in different neighbourhoods- Take a bus to another neighbourhood and walk home, or get dropped off a ways away from your destination and walk from there.


  1. Go for a Skip- Don’t walk, skip. It’s not as easy as it looks. See how far you can go.


  1. Walking backwards- Bring a friend. See how far you can get.


  1. Hopscotching it – Bring sidewalk chalk. Draw a hopscotch grid to the end of your block and see how many times you can jump it.


  1. Skip it – Bring a skipping rope, see how far you can go while you’re skipping.


  1. Rocky IV Walk- When the snow is deep, try to walk as quickly as you can, but only in the deepest parts of the snow.


  1. Dance walk – Listen to music and move to it, for your entire walk.


  1. The Marathon Walk – Perimeter to perimeter. Build up your ability to walk far. See if you can eventually walk from perimeter to perimeter. (This could also a great idea for a fundraiser/ walk-a-thon).


  1. Public park- Walk to a public park. Time yourself, it might not be as far as you think. You might want to go there more often.


  1. Walk with a dog- See where the dog wants to go. Whenever the dog stops, take note of everything around you, note your five senses. If you don’t have a dog, borrow a neighbours’ dog.


  1. Walk with a friend – Invite a friend to go for a walk.


  1. Walking Group – Put up posters that say “Walking group – Meets at Blair street every Tuesday at 7:30AM. Walk is for one hour. Meet us there!” Then show up on Tuesday mornings each week and walk for an hour, no matter if anyone else does.


  1. Walking tour- Develop a walking tour of your own neighbourhood, include gossip about the neighbours. Invite others on your tour or record it for YouTube (change the names of the neighbours to avoid being sued).


  1. Wheelchair – If you don’t normally use a wheelchair, try it out. Try to go around your block. See what that is like. Contact city hall about any problems you encounter. Join a group advocating for accessibility, listen and learn. You will see the world with new eyes.


  1. Walking with Children- Take small children for a walk (if they’re not yours, ask their guardian first). See where they go, stop when they stop. Look closely at the things that interest them.


  1. Wildlife Walk- Keep your eyes peeled. Do a wildlife count. You might bring binoculars. Go home and look up any creatures you don’t recognize and then talk to them next time you see them. Call them by name.


  1. Pet Census – Do a pet census of your neighbourhood. If you’re feeling bold, bring a clipboard, knock on doors to ask how many pets live there. Don’t forget to get the proper spelling of their names.


  1. Walk Blind- You will need a friend with you. Blindfold yourself, or close your eyes and see if you can walk to the end of the block and back. Note any major impediments. Learn more about how people with sight impairments navigate in the city.


  1. The Extrovert Walk- Go out with an intention to say hello to any other walkers you meet.


  1. Greeting yard dwellers – Go out with an intention to say hello to anyone working in their yard.


  1. Greeting city/construction/outdoor workers – Go out with an intention to greet any workers you come across. Bring cookies to share.


  1. Local Business walk – Go into every business in your neighbourhood and say hello to the owner. If possible, support them by buying from them.


  1. Local history walk- Attend a Jane’s walk or other local history walk in your neighbourhood. If you don’t have one, start your own. Here is Winnipeg’s Jane’s Walk website.


  1. Working Walk – Bring a shovel, rake or push a lawnmower. Offer services to whoever you see that looks like they need them.


  1. Stray Walk – Follow a stray (you might also call 311 to report a stray).


  1. Laundry walk – If you own a washer and dryer, try this walk out. Find a shopping cart or sled or stroller or wagon and load all your laundry into it. Walk to the nearest laundry matt and do your laundry there. See who you meet there, see how long the whole process takes and what it costs


  1. Own the road walk -Wear bright colors (reflectors if it’s dusk). Walk on the road like you own it. Don’t do this after dark. Make way for other traffic if they cannot get around you. See how it feels to occupy a different space in your neighbourhood.


Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Maintaining Fitness In The Heat

Moving your workout outdoors is great for motivation, but can exercising in high temperatures be bad for your health?


As long as you take some precautions, there is no reason to scrap plans for a workout in the hot weather. Here’s how you can keep up your fitness routine, even on those super hot days!


Stay hydrated

Hydration is important for your health, and it’s important to drink more water during hot weather. Even mild forms of dehydration can leave you feeling unwell, causing headaches and general fatigue. Drinking water can help control your body temperature and replace some of the fluids lost during exercise.

Sip water gradually before, during and after your workout to help you stay hydrated; don’t wait until you’re thirsty to reach for a water bottle.


Pick the right time of day to exercise

The timing of outdoor workouts is really important during hot weather, as you should be aiming to miss the hottest part of the day. Reduce the risk of overheating by doing more intense workouts either early in the morning or late in the evening. That way you can avoid the sun when UV exposure (and heat in general) is at its highest.


Dress sensibly

Those black workout clothes are so good at hiding sweat marks but sadly, they are not the best if you’re working out in the sun. Your art teacher was right; darker colours do absorb the light (and heat)! Ditch the ‘all black everything’ and choose lighter colours instead.

Pick lightweight materials for your workout clothes, which allow sweat to evaporate, as this can help reduce the chance of your body overheating. Activewear advertised with words such as breathable or moisture wicking on the label are usually the best to help better control your body temperature.


Be sun-smart

Even if it’s not the hottest part of the day, protect your skin from UV damage when you’re out exercising as well! Use a high spectrum sunscreen all over to give yourself adequate sun protection. A hat and sunglasses also give you extra protection from sun damage.


Head to the gym or look for areas with shade

While it’s nice to workout outdoors, in really hot weather it may not be practical. When it’s hot, the heat and sun can be reflected off the road, which can make you feel hotter. Try running on grass or in areas where there is shade instead. If you’re lucky enough to be near the beach, running or working out nearby means you might get sea breezes to help keep you cool.


Take time to adjust to the conditions

Starting a new fitness routine in the middle of a heatwave could be setting yourself up for failure. Many health professionals recommend having a moderate level of fitness before exercising in really hot or really humid weather.

For those with a good level of fitness, allow your body to adjust to the warmer weather gradually. Don’t make an overnight switch from running on a treadmill in the air-conditioned gym to running outside on a hot summer’s day. Your body may be working overtime to help you keep cool.


Listen to your body

Even if you take regular water breaks and dress appropriately for the conditions, you can still be at risk of overheating. Listening to your body during a workout is ALWAYS important, and working out in the heat is no different. If you start feeling dizzy, lightheaded, nauseated or you are having trouble breathing, stop exercising immediately.


Try following these steps to maintain your fitness this summer, and stay safe! Use your best judgement — if the temp is too high, it might be best to workout indoors.
Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)