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Anyone else NOT enjoy going outside for a walk

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Nopenotsureigiveahoot Tue 19-May-20 15:15:45

I'm not a very outdoorsy person, I could happily stay in all week.

So many people seem to say that they can't wait to go for a walk in the park today or just take a random stroll because the weather is nice.

Am I the only one who hates going for walks? It seems that since lockdown more and more people are going for walks (I suppose because they didnt have much choice). Even with this as an option, I'm not enjoying it. Feels pointless just walking for the sake of it.

I wish I enjoyed it more and could go out every day, I feel a bit like the odd one out when people ask if i've gone for a walk today.

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ashmts Tue 19-May-20 15:21:33

I'm the same. My whole family are. I'm still working but on 2 weeks annual leave just now and I've not left the house since I finished work 10 days ago. We have a garden so I've had some air, and the weather's not been particularly nice anyway, but I don't understand people who are obsessed with getting out. I'm quite happy with books and TV.

My parents and sister are WFH and they walk a bit to get some exercise but none of us particularly feel the need to get out for mental health reasons etc like I hear others saying. Just an indoorsy family I suppose (this is three different households as my sister and I live away from home).

gluteustothemaximus Tue 19-May-20 15:26:12

I am happy with both. We are very happy at home. We have a garden. Am WFH, home schooling, plenty to do and not bored. Taking day off today reading a book in garden and kids in pool. Bliss. We don't have to go out to have fun.

I do know people who have to be outdoors all the time. Even when they're ill. So not ideal people for this pandemic.

SK2970 Tue 19-May-20 15:28:02

I’m with you!! I have been going out on walks more than before as DH gets ‘cabin fever’ but I don’t enjoy it!! Even been on bike once and not planning on going on it again smile

toomanytrollshere Tue 19-May-20 15:32:47

I never used to go for walks before all this but now just do while I can as think I took for granted before. Its good to get the steps in

ClaireUnderwoodforPresident Tue 19-May-20 15:34:20

I'm with you! Once lockdown eases I'm never walking anywhere else again. It's everyones bloody solution to every problem. I'm close to saying 'Fuck off Susan, a walk is not the equivalent of a meal out with my husband over a bottle of wine!'grin

Disquieted1 Tue 19-May-20 15:39:04

I wouldn't mind going hiking or camping, or discovering a new town perhaps, but aimless walking around the local streets with no actual destination is not for me.

HarrietTheShy Tue 19-May-20 15:39:26

Walking along the beach? Love it. Walking down a noisy, crowded, litter strewn city street? No thanks.

Youngatheart00 Tue 19-May-20 15:41:21

Yup. Walks are over rated. Especially when it’s societies no 1 pastime at the moment and I live in a busy suburb of outer London.

Constantly crossing the road to avoid others.

yikesanotherbooboo Tue 19-May-20 15:45:13

Funny; I love walking along residential streets . I have always walked on beach or countryside in the past with a dog but with no dog currently and a lot more time at home I have been walking round my town. One sees so much more than from the car; lovely old cottages, pretty gardens, surprising views! I'm enjoying it. It wouldn't be at all the same if there were cars rushing about so this is a moment in time. One of my DC lives in London and I have been encouraging him to walk around central London for his exercise. He is unlikely ever to get this opportunity again.

ParkheadParadise Tue 19-May-20 15:48:14

Only because dd takes a bloody walking,talking doll with her. Its running out of batteries so is on a go slow. Yesterday two workmen were pissing themselves at it. It takes 20mins to walk to the end of our cul-de-sac.
I'm now telling her to put it in her dolls pram.

Nopenotsureigiveahoot Tue 19-May-20 15:49:44

Phew. Glad I'm not the only one. At the beginning I went for a walk every few days, but now I have seen everything there is to see. I want to be able to leave the house to do normal things and go for a walk randomly if I so choose, even then it'll be walking to somewhere rather than walking about and taking in the trees and views.

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IcedPurple Tue 19-May-20 15:51:15

Same. I live in a place which is popular with walkers, but while at normal times it's fairly quiet outside the weekends, now every day it's like an obstacle course. I don't mean that in the sense of 'how dare other people go out for a walk' type of thing: these people have just as much right to be there as I do and the vast majority are observing social distancing. It's just that it's not a relaxing way to spend time anymore.

I just want my swimming pool to reopen, but given that it's in a hotel there's little chance of that any time soon.

MikeFromSpaced Tue 19-May-20 16:05:05

Strolling on holiday, lovely. Walking on a narrow city pavement trying to distance with an 11 year old in tow, not so nice. He’s as bored as us with the walking.

cologne4711 Tue 19-May-20 16:19:38

Walking for a purpose is ok, I am not that keen on walking for the sake of it, and especially now with all the people dodging.

But I did a Zoom meeting audio only while going for a walk this afternoon (more of a webinar) and listened while I walked along which was quite good.

Nopenotsureigiveahoot Tue 19-May-20 16:22:50

@MikeFromSpaced yes walking on holiday I can do. I suppose because you are somewhere new and excited to discover new things.

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Destinysdaughter Tue 19-May-20 16:25:31

I have not been out for a single walk this whole time. I'll walk to the supermarket which is 15 minutes away, but walking for the sake of it? Unless it's somewhere interesting abroad, then nope!

Miriel Tue 19-May-20 16:37:33

Me. I liked going for walks pre-lockdown, as I was either walking to get somewhere, or if it was a leisure walk I'd take the train to a nice place and walk from there. Purposeless walking around boring local streets, dealing with other people who don't know how to social distance - I don't see the appeal.

Nearlyalmost50 Tue 19-May-20 16:47:21

Oh OP, I am with you on this one. I really don't like walking, ever since being a child where we went on walking holidays. I have all those memories of rain dripping down the neck of the Cagoul, trudging along. I'm sure the scenery was lovely but it left me with a real dislike of going for a walk! I'd rather put on some music and dance about, or do an exercise video. Or have a sit down.

notalwaysalondoner Tue 19-May-20 16:57:10

Does it depend where you live? I’m lucky to be staying with my parents in the cotswolds so we’re able to go for beautiful country walks, but I can imagine if I lived in suburbia the appeal would be much reduced. Or do you just not like walking anywhere OP?

Nopenotsureigiveahoot Tue 19-May-20 17:09:16

I am in London and I like the area where I live, but I have seen it all so I'm not interested in going on random walks. Despite there being a few parks near me, I'm just not interested @notalwaysalondoner I wish I was but I can't muster up the excitement about just walking around for the sake of getting my step count up.

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MadameMarie Tue 19-May-20 17:36:53

The worst part of my day is going out for a walk unless I just go out first thing in the morning before WFH.

During the day it's a nightmare. I always love a good walk to clear my head during normal times but the constant dance to keep a distance from people is exhausting when there's never been so many people outside walking/cycling as during this lockdown.

MadameMarie Tue 19-May-20 17:44:30

Walking along the beach? Love it. Walking down a noisy, crowded, litter strewn city street? No thanks.

I'm a keen walker usually (not now because there's too many people about when you need to socially distance) but not just walking for the sake of it. I hate having to stop at traffic lights every 2 minutes and getting polluted by all the bloody cars and buses flying past etc. I hate having to cross the road, walk in the road or zig zag around paths at the moment EVERY time I walk down my bloody road (and the surrounding ones).

I enjoy a walk along a canal or a beach when its quiet. For me, there's too many with the same idea at the moment. I'm the opposite to the OP. When the pandemic is over i'll be able to go out and enjoy a good walk again.

Meruem Tue 19-May-20 18:28:42

I’m like many of you, will happily walk for hours on holiday but the grimy streets of London where I live? No thanks. I walk to the Tesco metro down the road when needs must and that’s it! Even that’s depressing, seeing our tube station all closed up, corona virus posters everywhere, people who come at you in the opposite direction and do a wide arc in case you’re infected. I don’t walk for the sake of it in normal times so I’m not starting now.

MiniTheMinx Tue 19-May-20 18:52:07

I hate walking around the town on pavements, but I'm never happier than in a muddy field grin I have fields and woods at the back of the house and I can get to the downs for a proper hike. I love it. I wouldn't walk for the sake of it, but like discovering new routes, new woods and streams. Each to their own though. If you don't enjoy it you shouldn't feel pressured to walk about for the sake of it.

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