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The teenager walk

The teenager walk
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This is similar to the better-marriage walk in that you’re essentially taking someone who is uncommunicative and getting him to open up.

First step: tell your moody teen that you’re going to the supermarket and ask if he’d like to come along and pick out some food. When he heads for the car, tell him you’re walking and invite him along. Bingo.

Read on to find out how to have a happy teenager.

The figure-it-out walk

The figure-it-out walk
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There’s something about putting one foot in front of the other that focuses the mind and brings clarity. A problem that might have overwhelmed you originally, or one that appeared to have no clear solution, will often solve itself during a walk.

First step: don’t dwell on the problem. Instead, think about it to start, then let it go. Your subconscious will keep working on it, and before long, a solution will appear. Magical.

The spiritual walk

The spiritual walk
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Spiritual contemplation doesn’t have to take place in a church or temple. This weekend, take a walk in the big cathedral that’s all around you – the one too many of us overlook.

First step: think about what you’re thankful for or make the time holy by dedicating it to a loved one or someone who’s struggling. Solitary, mindful walking can be just as meditative as prayer.

The going-nowhere-fast walk

The going-nowhere-fast walk
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For those days when the weather is bleak, head to the gym or your spare bedroom for a treadmill walk. No groaning, please. We know how boring this activity can be to lose weight walking. So…

First step: get a large-scale map of your state or some exotic country. Then after each workout, highlight the distance you’ve covered across it. The next time someone asks you how you got in such great shape, you can reply: “By walking the Appalachian Trail.”

Don’t miss these bizarre things exercise does to your body.

The park and walk

The park and walk
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Live too far from work to commute by foot? Then occasionally drive until you’re a kilometre away, park, and walk the rest. You’ll get your exercise almost without realising it, save petrol, and build a stress-easing buffer around your workday.

First step: keep a few days’ worth of clothes in your office. Dress in casual clothes and walking shoes, then change into your business clothes at the office.

The best-sleep walk

The best-sleep walk
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Most Australians are sleep deprived. In fact, because of things like stress and caffeine, many of us have become incapable of getting the restful zzz’s we need. Walking is one of the best ways to relax and usher in a good night’s sleep.

First step: schedule a stroll between 4 and 7pm. Your body temperature is highest then, your muscles are warmest, and you’ll have plenty to mull over from the day. The resulting calm will help you drift off at bedtime.

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Source: RD.com

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