Walking Club Check-In: 10 Ways to Ensure You Won't Walk!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Here are 10 ways to ensure you won't walk...Welcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

I saw a tongue in cheek post on another blog listing 10 ways to make sure you order takeout (instead of cooking). That inspired me to write a similar post here about 10 ways you can ensure you won't walk...

1. Decide that it's too cold out, or too wet, or too hot. By only walking on clear, sunny days when it's about 70 degrees outside, you can cut waaaaay back on the number of days you need to walk.

2. Tell yourself you'll walk "after"...after you do the dishes, sort through the mail, and watch your favorite T.V. show. If you do enough of these things, you'll ensure that you run out of time to walk.

3. Decide that you're too tired.  Never mind the fact that walking can actually give you energy. Decide that you'll do it on another day when you feel more rested.

4. Don't put your walking shoes in the same place each time you come back from walking. Leave them somewhere different in your house each time, under a bed is a good hiding spot. That way you can spend all of your walking time searching for your shoes.

5. Decide that you need to buy new walking shoes...not only that you have to wait until they come on sale. This should delay your walking program by several weeks, if not months!

6. Don't walk unless you have a specific friend to go with--that way if your friend doesn't walk, neither will you.

7. Don't build in a regular time of day to walk, and definitely don't mark it on your calendar.  That way you you can fill up your schedule with other activities, and it won't be your fault that you have no time to walk.

8. Make your walking routine as complicated as possible. Decide that the only route you can walk on involves crossing lots of busy streets and climbing as many hills as possible. That way, you'll be less likely to do it.

9. Don't walk unless you have a full hour to do it in, and dismiss the possibility of walking for 20 or 30 minute increments. Saying that it has to be all or nothing ups the possibility that you'll do nothing.

10. As you're thinking about walking, get comfortable in your favorite chair--and just turn on the T.V. to see what you could be watching. Trust me that you'll either run out of time, or motivation, to walk...and if you're lucky you'll fall asleep in that chair!

Now it's your turn: What's your favorite way to avoid walking? ;-)

Plus, if you walked this week, please record your days, minutes, or miles walked.

Have a lovely Saturday--and keep walking!

Karen

Remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

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