July 27th Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

I assume that today refers to you taking a walk yourself though with all the bizarre and strange days there are, maybe it does mean to take your pants for a walk. Perhaps it’s a new method of drying your pants instead of placing them in a dryer, but maybe not. It is summer and a little warm to wear your pants if you are talking a walk but if it’s not raining then it’s a perfectly good way of drying them. Or perhaps, like me, you will just go about your day and not pay any attention to it being “Take Your Pants For A Walk Day”.

How to celebrate – Take your pants for a walk. Put your pants on a leash and drag them behind you. Forget you heard about this day and live your life normally.

June 19th World Sauntering Day

Confidence, style, fashion and attitude all make up the world of sauntering. Sauntering is walking with style, not just any style but a casual yet fashionable style like they use to walk during the Victorian days. It was walking with a purpose and that purpose was to look good while walking. Today we tend to just walk to get where we are going, the quicker the better for the most part. But if you saunter you are making a statement as you walk, sure… you may arrive too late to get where you are going and you may make anyone wait caught behind you, but what’s more important… your saunter or someone’s else suffering for it! Today was created by W.T. Rabe of Mackinac Island, Michigan in the 1970’s.

How to celebrate – Walk with style. Dress up in Victorian clothing so everyone knows why you are sauntering. Make sure to carry your umbrella!

April 7th National Walking Day

There is no doubt that walking is good for us. Most of us do not do enough walking, just like most of us do not drink enough water. You can complain about how you feel, how you look or your lack of energy but are you doing the things that will restore all of those things to you? The American Heart Association created today in 2007, suggesting that we walk at least a half hour a day. That’s really not too much to ask and it is a really good idea. That exercise can add years to your life, quality years and it costs you so very little!

How to celebrate – Get a dog and take them for a walk. Start a walk group in your neighborhood. Get out and allow yourself to think about things other than immediate issues by enjoying nature.

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.