June 1st National Trails Day

One of the world’s most loved pastimes is hiking the trails that nature has provided (And generally man has created). Trails are often human made roads, of a sort, made by foot traffic covering the same path over time. Visit practically any park or forest and you will find some kind of hiking trail for you to explore. They are generally safe to travel on, some having been there for hundreds of years. Since the weather is generally better now and people are beginning to be able to get out and enjoy nature, exploring trails can be both exciting and healthy exercise for you.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk. Travel a famous trail. Enjoy nature.

November 17th Take A Hike Day

Nov. 17th Take A Hike Day

There are 60,000 miles of paths to hike on in the National Trail System in the United States. You could go for a walk and take months, if not years, before you return. And this time of year, when the air is cooler and the leaves are still changing colors is a great time to go. No, you don’t have to walk all 60,000 miles but the more you do walk, the better you will feel. Hiking is great exercise and improves your mood and outlook on life. You can actually see what makes this country great! It’s not the highways and the airports, not the high rises and elaborate theaters, it’s not the banks or Wall Street, it is the country, what the settlers fought for, built from nothing and the woods you have the freedom to roam whenever you want.

How to celebrate – Take a walk! Form a club to walk with. Take photos of where you go so you have something to share when you get back.

June 19th World Sauntering Day

Another important day in our lives, World Sauntering Day! Sauntering is a casual, yet stylish, way to walk. The day was created by W.T. Rabe, a PR specialist, to a hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. He felt, as many do, that sauntering was the best way to get from point A to point B. To me, walking, running or any means of getting you to point B from point A works. The key is getting there. If sauntering makes you feel better about yourself, go for it! After all, isn’t ones saunter another ones waddle? The idea is not to fall down on the way, then you are crawling and that’s really not something any of us want to see.

How to celebrate – Saunter. Go for a walk. If you got it, flaunt it!

April 4th Walk Around Things Day

Today is all about being practical. Instead of trying to bull your way through something, just go around it. I mean, after-all, you probably wouldn’t come up to a lake and say “It’s in my way. so I am just going to go through it.”, would you? Okay, maybe a few of us would but most would elect to go around it. Walk through that wall, walk through a swamp filled with alligators, walk through a mine field… these are not good choices. So what it really is all about is making good choices, do the right thing rather than forcing a situation that you are pretty sure you can’t win or at least end well. In the mean time, it’s good exercise! Would you normally risk walking under a ladder?

How to celebrate – Walk around things that get in your way. Figure out what you are doing before you do it. Wear armor plating.

March 30th National Take A Walk In A Park Day

You could take a walk anywhere today but why not make it a park!?! national park, state park, county park… it really doesn’t matter. The weather is hopefully nicer now where you live, the full color of nature is beginning to return and animals are once again out and about. It is the perfect time to get out among it and become a part of nature. It’s peaceful, calming and can bring us to an understanding of what is really important in life and what’s not. (This will vary with each and every person you talk to) Look at a tree and remember that no tow leaves are perfectly alike. There are thousands, maybe even millions of leaves in a park… do the represent the people on the earth? Think about it while you go for a walk in a park.

How to celebrate – Find a park close to you. Go for a walk. Take friends with you so you can share what you see, hear and feel.

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

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Did you know there are over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Park system!?! That’s a lot of hiking but if you get started today you can probably make it by say 2099! Hiking is good for you, it burns calories, between 400 and 550 or more depending on how far and long you go, and it builds muscle, helps your respiratory system and heart health.

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And it’s a great time to get to know the person that goes with you because you should always take a buddy along.

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How to celebrate – Take a hike! Remember to pack snacks and water. Wear good shoes.

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

Today is a great day to take a hike. What’s the difference between a hike and a walk? Well I guess it depends on how fast, far and the terrain you hike on. You can hike around a block, but generally that is considered a walk. You can walk up a mountain, but generally that is called a hike.

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I think generally speaking a hike is a little more adventuresome than a walk. It’s probably a little more strenuous and often involves exploring things you don’t normally see everyday. It’ a chance to commune with nature, animals and enjoy the weather.

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Most hikes have a destination as well. They may involve a picnic lunch or even a sleep over at the destination you chosen. The objective of taking a hike is get out and spend sometime with nature, get a little exercise and enjoy life. Take you cell phone for an emergency but forget you have it unless you need it.

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And don’t forget to take your dog. They love hikes, probably even more than their people do! And November is perfect for it. The leaves are changing colors, the air is a little crisper and besides, you need to make room for that Thanksgiving feast coming up.

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But don’t ask a soldier to go on a little hike with you… you might get shot!

How to celebrate – Go on a hike. Form a hiking party. Join the army and go hiking every day.

July 27th Take Your Pants For A Walk Day

Just like your dog, your pants really need the exercise so they should be taken for a walk. Whether you are in them or not is an entirely different question. It seems like in fashion today it really doesn’t matter all that much whether you wear them or not, particularly if they are down around your knees. (How can that be comfortable?)

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Now frankly, it’s a little hard to take your pants for a walk if you are not in them. So it leads to more like Drag Your Pants Around Day. Let’s hope it’s not raining! But if you don’t like walking your pants then maybe it is a drag!

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And what if you only have one pair of pants? Then what do you do? And why are they called a pair of pants when there is only one pant there? Life must be very confusing for pants. Keep that in mind when you look at them today hanging in your closet. See how lonely they look, particularly during the summer!

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Make sure, however, that if you are walking your pants you only take them to appropriately marked areas. Believe it or not, a nudist colony is a perfect place to take your pants since otherwise they will have nothing to do all day but hang out.

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Now don’t make today something about you. It’s all about your pants! There will be other days you can walk your dress or coat. And whatever you do, don’t get caught with your pants down! They would be really embarrassed.

How to celebrate – Take your pants for a walk. Wearing them is optional. Make sure to wash them when you get back home.

April 4th National Walk Around Things Day

They sat the shortest way to reach your goal is a straight line. However, that rule may be challenged if you have to cross Mount Everest to get there. Plus, a little extra exercise normally doesn’t hurt anyone. There are other things that get in the way too, like… walls, people and oceans.

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Some people have made a career Out of taking the short route. Dick Van Dyke, Chevy Chase but they generally don’t get where they are going without a few bumps and bruises. Was it worth it? Normally not. There is a talent to side stepping things that might otherwise cause you some issues.

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Of course, if you’d rather just burst your way through, straight ahead, damn the torpedos … go ahead, stick too it!  There are advantaged to that course as well. Like, maybe you’ll find things you might never have found otherwise. But that can be said for stepping out and going around things as well.

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And let’s not even get into superstitions! That ladder shouldn’t be there in the first place so go ahead and walk under it, straight ahead, never altering your course. Well that is except for today since it’s Walk Around Things Day.

How to celebrate – Stray from your normal path. Step around things in your way. Walk backwards so you can see where you have been

June 19th World Sauntering Day

So what is sauntering. It’s not running, it’s not strolling, it’s not jogging… it’s walking, but not exactly. It’s putting your life in stride and letting your walk follow. Some people use big steps, some small, some almost skip, but once you have begun sauntering, you’ll never go back.

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It’s walking but with style and whether you are headed somewhere or just out for a stroll, it sets your gait to a beat, a beat inside your head that only you can hear. No two people saunter exactly alike and that’s the way it should be.

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You can saunter by yourself, or with a crowd. You can saunter at the mall, school or even in church. It’s all in your frame of mind. It was started by W. T. Rabe on Mackinac Island. He was a Public Relations Director for a hotel back in the 1970’s. He created the day and his style of sauntering as a publicity stunt but it stuck.

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You must be conscious of your sauntering until it comes as second nature to you. You need to look just as good walking away as you do approaching. And you never know who may be watching so you can’t let up.

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And soon you will be sauntering without even knowing it. And you will be cool, whether you really are or not.

How to celebrate – Begin creating your own sauntering style. Try and figure little things you can do to make your saunter even more unique. Pick out your sauntering song and learn it well so it will never leave you.