Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 2914 - Wellness Wednesday - Walking and Talking

Why talking on the phone while walking is good for you. 

Walking for exercise around the same old route can become boring, particularly when doing it alone.  I was due to do my 5km walk with a friend on Monday but she had to cancel due to a sick kid. 

As it turns out, my daughter was also walking on Monday morning.  Although her walk was from Bondi to Bronte and back again whereas I was just going around my local lake in Canberra 300km away. So it's not like we could walk together.  Or could we?

We made a decision to time it perfectly.  As she stepped onto the path heading towards Icebergs, I whacked the leads on the dogs and headed down my street.  I then rang her and we walked and talked. Just like we would if she was at home and actually by my side.

The walk went by in a flash, even quicker than had she been present, plus I did not for one moment feel like it was a chore.  She talked about her stuff, I talked about my stuff and every now and then we would describe our view.

A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine found that walking with friends is great for your health.  It boosts morale, increases connections, makes us more accountable for our exercise and helps combat depression.  Walking can also make us more productive. 

But what if you don't have any friends nearby who can walk with you? 

Chatting on the phone with a friend during exercise may well be the next best thing to having them present.

Phone calls while walking can also help you save time later in the day, particularly if they are of a business nature or if you have a list of people you've been meaning to chat to.

Add to that list your long lost friends who you haven't caught up with in ages and with good planning you can dedicate an hour of your time to them without losing any time at your end.  Two birds, one stone. 

Some tips:

  • Wear a headset
  • Keep your phone firmly zipped in a pocket
  • Ensure you have a cost effective mobile phone plan
  • Make it obvious you have a headset on or people may think you're completely mad
  • Plan the walk in advance
  • Ensure your phone is fully charged
  • Make sure you have something to talk about
  • Don't cross any major roads or put yourself in harms way due to mobile phone distraction

Walking with friends provides a wide range of physical and mental health perks according to that British Journal study.  But if you don't have someone physically present, get them on the phone instead.  That is after all while we call it a "mobile".  

Is there someone you could get "mobile" with? 

1 comment :

  1. Great idea Leanne! Such a lovely catch up with your daughter. I will have to find someone who's happy to get a phone call very early in the morning :) x


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