Ten Tips, Ideas and Excuses for an Evening Walk

Ten Tips, Ideas and Excuses for an Evening Walk

In the modern world, people can sometimes find it hard to spend as much time outside as they would like. As we continuously rush from one task to the next, many of us forget how to unwind from it all, and the importance of spending some quality time with our family, friends and ourselves. Walking is the perfect activity for people looking for something simple but engaging that can break the cycle of modern life and help us enjoy our free time.

Here at LOWA, we have written extensively about the benefits of regular walking, both physical and mental. However, most people are already aware of the positive effects walking can have but can’t find the time or motivation to start. Therefore, we have compiled a list of all the tips, ideas and excuses you could ever need to turn walking or hiking into your new favourite hobby!

Create a Weekly Routine

The key to building up any new hobby or activity is repetition. Therefore, try and work an evening walk into a schedule you can keep to. Even if it’s just for a few minutes once a week, so long as it becomes routine, you will be on the right path to enjoying your evening walks!

Incorporate Your Other Passions

Trying to start regularly walking as a hobby can be challenging, especially if you’re looking to do it for the physical and mental benefits. However, you can make your first few journeys much more pleasant by enjoying your other hobby alongside it! Whether it’s an audiobook as you go, a camera to catch those beautiful sunsets or something else entirely, bringing your passions along will make walking even more fun!

A woman reading a book outside during sunset

Invite Your Loved Ones

Similar to the point above, another way to motivate ourselves is with the support of those who matter most. If you’re considering going on evening walks, why not invite your family or friends to join? Walking can be a great social activity, so be sure to share it if you can!

Wear Comfortable Walking Footwear

Of course, the comfort of your walking boots will affect how much you enjoy your experience. Here at LOWA, we sell a range of summer hiking boots in different widths and sizes that are perfect for those looking to enjoy the better weather. With the correct fitting footwear, you will be eagerly looking forward to your next adventure in no time.

Two people at the top of a mountain wearing LOWA boots at dusk

Enjoy Good Weather

During the summer months, as the evenings get longer and the weather gets warmer, make the most of it by enjoying an evening stroll! There will be beautiful sunsets aplenty, the perfect motivation to lace up your boots and spend some quality time outside.

Enjoy Bad Weather!

That being said, there’s something uniquely special about those walks through driving wind and rain. From the sights, sounds and smells, layer up with waterproof boots and clothes and enjoy the other side to the Great British weather!

A puddle along a muddy forest path

Test Yourself

It may not appear like it at first, but walking can be a good physical and mental challenge! Walking provides many health benefits, and it can also test our current capabilities, helping us discover more about our minds and bodies.

Discover Somewhere New

One of the best things about walking in our free time is how it allows us to head off the beaten track. During your evening walk, you can explore nearby natural lands, or simply a new side to your town or city. This freedom helps us develop a new appreciation for the world around us.

A hillside in Derbyshire, UK

Set a Personal Goal

Establishing a routine at the beginning is one thing, but keeping it going over a long period is another. For some, setting a future goal can be just the right thing to motivate us into keeping with our newfound hobbies. Whether it’s losing weight, finishing a book or hiking a mountain, it can all start with that first step.

Keep Having Fun

The most important thing, however, is that you keep enjoying your time outside. The natural world is a beautiful thing to explore, and an evening walk here-and-there can unlock endless possibilities, both for ourselves and the people around us! Make sure that, whatever your reasons for starting or ambitions are, you continue to look forward to that next perfect evening.

Hopefully, this guide will give you all the motivation you need to get out there and enjoy walking! If you would like to take this further, why not read our blog on the basics of good hiking?