As with everything in this day and age, even walking is getting technical and you can buy things to make your daily walking trips even better and more state of the art.
I have "sort of" fallen into that trap with my new Fitbit. The last one I had was perfectly fine, but I wanted one with more bells and whistles. So that cost me $226.00. Money well spent as far as I am concerned, but pricey all the same.
I then spent $110 on a pair of decent walking shoes. I could have put up with my other walking shoes, but as I need my feet to be in tip top condition while walking, it was money well spent.
Clothes to walk in. I will say I have not fallen into that trap of buying fancy lycra leggings and tops to strut around in. One, because I have perfectly good clothes to walk in and two, me and lycra are not the best friends. You should be pretty thin to wear lycra. When you have extra rolls of body fat you don't need to squeeze it into lycra so you look like a stuffed sausage!
I will say though I may invest in some fluorescent clothing soon, as the amount of times people have nearly ran me over. I would love to say I am so skinny so they can't see me, but that is not the case, and as the mornings and nights are drawing in, it may be a wise investment. Wal-Mart has a $6 yellow fluorescent man's t-shirt that I can pop over my current clothing!! And yes I walk towards to traffic, so no excuse of me not seeing them either.
A popular item around here are Nordic Urban Poles
If you click on the link above it tells you more about them. It does say this in the information:
"These premium-quality Urban Poles are built for fitness and engineered for performance, safety and comfort. Burn up to 46% more calories than walking without poles, and easily strengthen your core with the help of our unique strapless ergonomic handle that engages your core muscles as you walk."
I haven't got them but will say they do look a handy thing to have when the weather gets icy and I know I have a weak posture.
A lot of people walk around with ear buds in listening to one thing or another to pass the time. I have an ipod nano mini, that I have had for years, that I use occasionally:
Can you even get them now? Mine is a red one. I do like to let my mind wander when walking, so don't need music to keep me entertained.
Do you have things you need to have when walking? Or things that are on your wish list?
Walking stats for Wednesday:
Miles Walked: 5.64
Steps Walked: 13,300
Minutes exercised: 86
Floors climbed: 22