Simple. Boring. Tired. You might think of just going for a regular walk as being something only people with nothing better to do make a part of their daily lives.
But what if going for a walk isn’t only an easy way to spend time outside, but also one that’s so varied and beneficial that understanding the practice is a matter of scientific research?
Author Annabel Streets was so startled by how much better she felt when she started going for walks that she researched the science behind what was happening and wrote a book about it. The result, 52 Ways to Walk, details out — you guessed it — 52 different ways to go for a walk and all of the research behind the benefits of each one.
In this episode of Humans Outside, Annabel shares her least and most favorite ways to walk, her walking journey, and why any of it should matter to you.
[2:59] Annabel Street’s favorite outdoor space
[3:36] How Annabel became someone who likes to go outside and also go for walks
[7:07] Why she started researching walking
[8:14] Was it hard to find 52 ways?
[8:52] Why people avoid walking
[9:23] Her favorite new way to walk
[12:19] Amy’s night experience
[16:44] What people always think about walking
[18:43] Her least favorite way to walk
[19:39] Another perfect and underappreciated walking favorite
[24:18] Ways to walk that didn’t make it into the book
[30:38] Want to start walking? Here’s how.
[35:06] Annabel’s favorite outdoor gear
[36:49] Annabel’s favorite outdoor memory