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Walking Tip For Weight Loss: Keep Your Sneakers In Your Car

Updated on March 31, 2017
A walking path at the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut
A walking path at the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut | Source

Have Sneakers, Will Walk


I have recently discovered a new walking tip to help me lose weight. It is very simple: Keep my sneakers in my car! Seems almost too easy but it works. Having my sneakers available to me at a moment's notice helps me to actively seek out new places to walk. I have been trying to lose weight by eating healthier and walking daily. I can stop and walk now anywhere I find a place with a walking path or track. Sometimes I find I arrive somewhere early, or have extra time to kill before I need to pick my children up. Or I have extra time on my way from the bank to the grocery store, etc. By having my sneakers ready and available, I can get in extra walking time. When my sneakers are with me in my car, I have them at my fingertips to throw on any time I happen to be driving by an area that has a walking path or a track such as a high school or recreation area. Once I realized that I have sneakers available to me anytime I am driving, it helps jog ( pun intended!) my mind to noticing jogging tracks and recreational pathways in the towns or on the streets I regularly drive through.

Since I have been carrying my sneakers in the car with me, I have looked for and discovered numerous new places to walk in my geographical area. I take 2 kids to work 5 - 6 days each week. On the way to my son's house, I noticed there is a recreational path 5 minutes before his apartment. I have started leaving earlier to pick him up when I drive him to work. I can get in as much time as I want walking before I pick him up. There are a number of people who also walk this path every morning, so we are becoming used to each other and now say hello in typical friendly support of each of us wanting to encourage our wellness goals. This walking path is next to a river, and there are geese that live in this recreational area, and a waterfall makes a pleasant backdrop for walking. One of the best things about this new walking area I have discovered is the peacefulness of the morning air, and the feeling that once I have accomplished my walk, I have done something good for myself to start off my day.

My daughter works at a Dunkin Donuts so some days, as a special treat, I will purchase a cup of Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla coffee to drink on the ride home. I did this last week and took a longer route home than usual. I drove by a recreational area in a nearby town, and since I didn't have to be home for anything in particular and had my sneakers in the car with me, I stopped at the recreational area and walked the path around the outside of the park a few times, drinking my coffee and enjoying the quiet when no one else was around. This particular area is in a small country town, and it was very quiet with the only sounds being the early morning birds, and my sneakers hitting the ground as I walked. It was a peaceful, but healthy way to start off my day.

Last week, my daughter and I took her dog for a drive and wanted to go to the beach. We found a beach in a nearby town, but the parking lot was very crowded. We headed across the street to the spill over parking lot, and instead found the cutest little park with benches along the water, a boat launch from where her dog could go swimming, and...you guessed it...a walking path. I had my sneakers in the car with me so while she threw sticks into the water for her dog to swim after, I got in a very nice walk.

Yesterday I actually discovered a new walking path at the recreational center in the town where my daughter works. I drive her to work, and pick her up from work 5 days per week. This walking path is in a town park that also has free wi-fi at the park pavilion. And it allows dogs to also come along. So I am dreaming of days the rest of this Summer and Fall that I can bring my laptop to the pavilion, write a hub inspired by nature around me, take the dog for a walk and get the exercise I need not only for weight loss but for my well being. This walking path is .62 miles. I happen to know this because the park has it posted. That's a great way for me to keep track of how much mileage I am putting in each time I walk it.

Having my sneakers in the car with me has opened up a whole world of possibilities of places to walk so I can get in exercise on my way to or from places I travel every day. Not only is it helping me with my weight loss goals, but it also helps me feel more relaxed, and when I am done I have a sense of well-being and accomplishment. If you decide to keep your sneakers in your car with you and discover new places to walk, or that you are walking more, please leave a comment below.

TIP: If you only have one pair of sneakers, you may want to consider getting a second pair just for this purpose.

You never know what kind of paths you might find when walking in the woods!
You never know what kind of paths you might find when walking in the woods! | Source
A dog can make a great companion on a walk if he's already with you in your car. Don't miss a chance for a wonderful walk as youa re driving by a park or nature trail.
A dog can make a great companion on a walk if he's already with you in your car. Don't miss a chance for a wonderful walk as youa re driving by a park or nature trail. | Source

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wear mine every day so I don't need to keep them in the car. :) Great tip, thought....I think sometimes people unconsciously derail their exercise programs by doing things like forgetting their sneakers.....anyway, we walk every day and it feels great to do so.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Good for you. Yes, I was thinking that people who get something of value from this hub are people that aren't able to wear their sneakers every day! But more power to you if you can. And walking is such great exercise! Thanks for commenting.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Karen, your article is so motivating. Walking is the greatest! It not only helps our bodies--it rejuvenates our minds. I've got a hunch the surge of oxygen as you walk is opening up some new pathways of creativity. Recently, I was walking 3+ miles to church, and a Hub idea hit me smack dab in my right cerebral cortex. For sure, walking can be hazardous to writer's block.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      LOL...very cute. If walking is hazardous to writer's block, then every writer on Hub Pages should start doing it! By the way, I took your suggestion about "renting office space for less than $40 per month" and went to Starbuck's last week with my computer. I bought a tall coffee ( the least expensive) and had a very productive 90 minutes of writing hubs. It was a great experience which I plan to do more often!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Oh, Karen, I am so tickled that you kept your promise to yourself to try the coffee shop scene out. Now, when our friends ask us, "How do you like your coffee?" we can respond with a straight face--"With writing, please..."

      You go, girl!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Oh that's funny hawaiianodysseus! I don't think I would be able to keep a straight face though! But it certainly would be a good conversation starter!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think that the ability to just pull your sneakers out of the car and enjoy a walk like this would be so rejuvenating. I would especially love the dunkin donut coffee!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Yes, it was wonderful to be able to walk and enjoy my favorite type of coffee. Since I take it light with sugar, I am not sure how much weight loss was happening during my walk, but it sure was good for my soul to be out in nature and enjoying my coffee. Hopefully I at least walked off the coffee calories!!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great idea and no excuses if the sneakers are in the car. The best part of exercising is what it does to your mood. Maybe you should have two pair in the car for emergencies...

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Carol7777,

      Sure, 2 is good, in case you forget one, you'll have the other! I was near a place that I saw a walking track yesterday, but wouldn't you know I had taken my sneakers out of the car and had uncomfortable shoes on so couldn't walk. Boy was I annoyed with myself!

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