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Reasons to Leave Your Cell Phone At Home When You Go Out For A Walk

Updated on August 10, 2012
There it is, the smartphone in your hand.
There it is, the smartphone in your hand. | Source

Your cell phone, which is likely a smartphone, goes with you many places. For women, it may be in your purse and for men it is likely in your pocket. Wait, no, it is most often in palm of your hands regardless of gender!

Try leaving your cell phone at home the next time that you go for a walk. You will likely get more enjoyment out of the time spent outside and improve your workout as well.

Leave home and leave your cell phone behind.
Leave home and leave your cell phone behind. | Source

Focus On the Outdoors Instead Of On Your Phone

When you go for a walk, your intentions may be to clear your head or to get some exercise. Whatever the reason, you likely don’t leave home for a walk thinking that your purpose is to catch up on your text messages. The cell phone is not the reason for your walk, which means it is not a necessity during your workout.

Without your phone in hand, you are more likely to focus on the environment that surrounds you as you walk, rather than on the newest mobile app that you downloaded to your phone. The distraction of your cell phone is erased if it is kept at home.

You will notice the flowers around you, other walkers, and a variety of other scenic details. These details add quality to your walk.

You Take a Break from Technology

Another reason to leave your cell phone at home when you go for a walk is to force you to take a break from technology. In particular, the break is from your cell phone. Perhaps you work on the computer all day. You are dependent on technology for your income, and therefore it makes sense that your breaks should free your mind and your hands from anything related to technology.

When you leave your cell phone at home, you force your mind to think outside of the world of technology. The environment that surrounds you as you walk outside has no touch screens or keypads; instead you get exercise and enjoy nature. After the break, you will return to your cell phone refreshed and likely with more energy than when you first left home.

Enjoy nature instead of your phone. Victoria, BC.
Enjoy nature instead of your phone. Victoria, BC. | Source

Your Workout Will Improve

When you focus your mind on the exercise of walking rather than on your cell phone, your work out will likely improve compared to a walk that is partially focused on the screen of your smart phone. Your workout improves as you put more mental and physical energy into your movements. When you concentrate your efforts on your body rather than on the cell phone, you are likely to get better results. If you are walking as part of your fitness goals to lose weight, you are well on your way!

Try It!

The next time you go for a walk, try leaving your cell phone at home. Notice if you feel something important is missing while you walk. After a few minutes, that feeling should subside and you will find yourself focusing more on the activity at hand. You will also likely enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the nature around you. Have a great walk and remember: your phone will still be at home when you return!

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Peggy, Thanks for stopping by. Good for you taking those needed breaks from technology. We benefit greatly when we go for walks :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I see that I am with the majority of voters (at least as of this time) that do leave their cell phones behind when walking or exercising. It is true that we need breaks from the technology that surrounds us almost everywhere. Taking some time to "smell the roses" is important. Voted up and useful.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @LauraD093, thank-you for the great comment! You sound like you have your use of technology well under control and could explain to the addicted cell phone users how to take a break. I'm so glad you stopped by here, and without a cell phone too!

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      Laura Tykarski 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thank-you so much for addressing this particular topic. Maybe because I'm part of the er...former no-cell phone (s) generation but it does sadden me in a way that people have to be told to leave a cell phone at home to enjoy a walk. New technologies have increased our ability to communicate greatly but when do we allow time to communicate with ourselves and perhaps the subtle influences of the world around us? In many ways information-over-load is just that a load that many refuse to lay down even for a 15 minute stroll. Really enjoyed how you set-up this hub, it is a well written piece of work. I look forward to reading more of your hubs in the future.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Teaches, you sound like you are right on with your thinking here! :)No distractions certainly does help us be more efficient.

      @Marc, I understand your position and yes the phone is a great safety measure when you leave home. Take your camera with you on your next time out and let's see what's around your local area :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Hally, that is too bad that you can't take a break from the technology. I hope you get some rest in your schedule soon my friend.

      @Patti, hehe your comment has me laughing! I feel the same way about getting away from the cell phone to enjoy the outdoors. Nice to see you!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Levertis, thanks for pointing out that concept of safety. I agree that the phone is good for that and indeed people need to exercise common sense in that regard. Thanks for adding the valuable point here.

      @Larry, hehe I hope it won't come to that point with people!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I so agree with your topic. I find that leaving the phone at home or off while at home does help to focus on other important issues. It is relaxing also, just as you say. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Being disabled i never leave home without it. Even if i was okay, i do believe the idea behind having a cell phone is instant access. If i don't want to be bothered i just set it to Airplane mode (no ringing calls, they go straight to voice mail).

      Lots of great and fun info here, CB!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Rebecca, Thanks for your support with my views, and for taking time to stop by to read!

      @Lord, your compliments have me smiling :) Thanks!

      @Sooner, good work leaving your phone at home for a bit. You survived :) Thanks for coming by!

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      Hally Z. 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Can't do it because I'm always crunched for time, and walking is often the only time I have to do call-backs.

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      Patti Riggs Hale 

      6 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      I never take my cell phone with me when I go for a walk because it defeats the purpose which is to get away from everything and clear my head! I probably have an advantage/disadvantage in this area since I am so deaf I really don't like talking on a cellphone and usually ignore/screen all calls except the ones from family, who I assign special rings to, lol!

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      Great hub, and I surely understand your point. We certainly need to focus on the simpler things in life that are good for us. BUT! I feel disciplined enough to turn my phone off and leave it in my pocket until my walk is over, and I am home, but I would rather keep it on for quick retrieval if I find it necessary. When I am walking, I feel safe with a phone. So many ladies have met disaster on walks. If the phone is left at home, I would advise walking with several friends or family members for safety, especially if you are walking in a place like a park or on a lonely stretch of road. However, if you are in a very safe location, leave that phone at home!

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      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up. Neolithic Larry does not own a cell phone. However I've observed the behavior of people who do. For your very first walk without a cell phone, I'd recommend getting a Methadone shot first. :-)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for sharing your views on this. We all need a break from all that technology to get back in touch with nature.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Excellent writing. Technology can be so annoying and disturbing at times. Loved your points of view. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      You know, I thought I had left my phone at home on Tuesday when I went to work, and it felt very strange not to have it with me at all times. It kind of scared me.

      I think it's great to be alone and clear your head, and that means being away from the phone for a little while just so you can reflect on yourself and the world around you. Another interesting hub Christy!


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