Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Walking 101

Over the years I've done my share of walking for exercise, but I have to admit that it's been a while since I've been doing it routinely.  I tend to be a talk radio kind of gal, so if you got in my car right now you would hear my favorite local talk radio station, not music.  In the past I've used a radio headset and listened to talk radio while I walked.  My biggest problem with that is that sometimes in order to get reception I had to walk with my head tilted at various angles - kind of a problem.

One of the blogs I read faithfully is Bits & Pieces which is written by Cathy Zielske, a scrapbooking guru.  In January she adopted the moto "move more, eat less" and on her blog she chronicles her adventures walking, running, swimming and bicycling.  She talks a lot about the music she listens to while she exercises and she got me thinking about buying an ipod.

While my daughter was home we went shopping and stopped in the Apple store to look at ipods.  I was surprised to find that an ipod touch, which plays music and allows Internet connectivity was only $50 more than an ipod nano that only plays music.  I didn't really plan to buy something that "fancy" but for the price difference it seemed to make sense.  I bought the touch and started buying music and loading my cd's.  Once I had a nice selection of music loaded on my ipod (including a walking playlist) I hit the road.

My current walking route is just shy of 3 miles and includes some beautiful sights.  I drove the route to find out the distance and I brought my camera along to snap some pictures so that I could share them with you.

This ball park is near my house and although it was quiet when I took the photo it's actually a busy park!

There are many lakes near my house (it is the Land of 10,000 Lakes you know!); here's one of them:

This hill, known locally as Swede Mountain, is not on my current route but I'm working up to it!  Uff da!

I do walk this hill at the end of my walk and it's challenging enough for now:

My walking playlist is still a work in progress; I'll share it once I have it just right.  In the meantime, feel free to offer any suggestions you have for great songs . . . you know, songs with a good beat that are easy to walk to.

I should mention that for many years I was a majorette in marching band, where walking to the beat was required.  That's what makes a good playlist so important . . . I cannot walk "off beat"!

1 comment:

Pamela said...

Oh, do I have a variety for you...

The Call-Backstreet Boys
Get Another Boyfriend-Backstreet Boys
the Answer to Our Life-Backstreet Boys
So What-Pink
Amy Winehouse's Back to Black cd
Haven't Met you yet-Michael Buble'
Diverse City-Tobymac
You are being loved-Steven Curtis Chapman
Dive-Steven Curtis Chapman
God Blinked (Swing it sister)-Rick Springfield
Running just to catch myself-Mark Schultz
Anything Lady GaGa
My life would suck without you-Kelly Clarkson
Foundations-Kate Nash
Hollaback Girl-Gwen Stefani
Dancing Queen-ABBA
Anything Britney Spears-I'm not joking.
Hello.....80's music.