Most people walk at least a total of an hour a day (unless they’re on their laptop on Tumblr or YouTube or Netflix all day). While walking is one of the most cost-effective mode of transportation, it is also one of the healthiest recreational activities you can engage in. It could also be a lot of fun!
Walking vs. Screen time
Instead of spending recreational time alone watching on Netflix, people could go out and walk. Even if the weather is gloomy, it would be pretty theatrical to go out with an umbrella and walk around the city for half an hour or maybe even more. A person could do this alone and hope for a chance to somewhat reenact a romantic scene from Casablanca. However, I’d recommend doing this with other people. I’ve been taking my little cousin out walking most days after school the past few weeks, and the enthusiasm they express when I go to their house to pick them up is indescribable. They actually appreciate how I’m getting them out of their house and away from screens. People spend a lot of time in front of screens nowadays, especially since there are approximately three times as many screens per household today as there were about twenty years ago. That’s not healthy. Walking is much healthier than allowing yourself to sit around watching crazy cat videos on YouTube.
Walking and Togetherness
By bringing my little cousins out walking most days, I’ve given them a chance to spend time with me as well as bond with each other. If one of them get distracted by a screen at home, they all follow suit. But I’ve been able to deter them from that detrimental distraction by taking them out to go walking. Their ages range from five to twelve years of age. Even though they all live together, the amount of time they spend in front of a screen surpasses the amount of time they spend talking to each other by a lot. While increasing the likelihood that they could build strong, life-lasting bonds with each other, especially since they’re young and are just starting to form a support system, I’m having them get more exercise than they would if they were at home. If you’re wondering about what’s the best bonding activity, walking should definitely be in the top three.