Get Out: Take a Walk

Taking a neighborhood walk is an easy way to enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors. It also affords you time to converse with your peeps and maybe meet some neighbors.

Take a Walk

One of the easiest ways to get outdoors is to simply step outside your front door. No matter the weather, a walk around the block can be not only invigorating, but also a great way to meet your neighbors.

Since we spend so much time inside our homes, we often don’t even know the people who live next door or across the street. It may take awhile, but if you continually make yourselves present out on the sidewalk and around and about the neighborhood, chances are you will meet the folks who live nearby.

When I was growing up, we would take neighborhood walks after a big family meal. It was a great way to walk off the excesses of Nanna’s Apple Pie. I have extremely fond memories of those days.

Today, my girls and younger boys are extremely thrilled to go exploring. We live in suburbia which means the closest store is 3/4 of a mile away. Houses and neighborhood parks abound.

Today’s challenge: take a walk around the block.

You might have to bundle up a bit if things haven’t warmed up in your neck of the wood, but it’ll do you good. Make sure you take the kids. Go down a new street, explore a new section of the neighborhood, say hi to whomever you meet.

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Do you take regular walks?

Tell us how you make a neighborhood walk a regular part of your week. If you’ve got a fun or encouraging story, we’d love to hear that, too.

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  1. I just posted about our “walk”. Only ours was on a trail a few miles away. Sadly, I have found that many cars in our neighborhood are driven by people who constantly text or talk on the phone- as we have lots of crossings and often no sidewalks, it was just too much for my nerves. You are right though. We rarely see our neighbors. Not at all like it used to be. Happy walking!! :)

  2. It’s so nice to be outside–enjoy California! We’ve always found that walking, especially in suburbia, and especially with kids, is a great way to meet people.

    We had snow yesterday. There’s a lot of ice, and under it is cold, cold, water. Walking outside is not what we want to do right now, although my girls did ‘accidentally’ fall through some ice yesterday and came in with red legs and feet.

    But soon it will be better walking weather, and we’ll be outside again. One of my fitness goals is to be able to walk around our ‘block’–it’s 8 miles, with hills, so that’ won’t happen any time soon. LOL In the meantime, after a few weeks of feeling horrible, I’m well enough to use the treadmill today!

  3. We went for a walk today after lunch. It’s about 43 degrees outside. But sunny, so I decided to go for it;) The 3 year old said she was tired and wanted to be carried as soon as we got to the top of our driveway but I said “everybody walks” and she managed;) It was nice to be outside and I’m so looking forward to warmer weather.

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