WomenWalking recently sat down with one of our members, Christine, to get the scoop from her about the zest in her walking partner experiences. Here’s what we found out:
What do you like about walking one on one with another woman, otherwise known as a walking partner?
I really like that it’s an uninterrupted time to connect and exchange; swap information and share stories while exercising, it’s great. I have a regular walking partner and we meet once a week. We’ve known each other for years. She’s my diary and I’m her diary. Every week we catch up on everything that’s happened: with ourselves, our husbands, our kids, our lives and our jobs. It’s just a perfect way to process how the week went.
How do you relate the talking to the physical exercise part of it?
Well, I think I might as well get in shape and be cardiovascular while I’m doing something that I’d be doing anyway, right?
Sure, that makes sense. But, do you think the conversation would be the same without the walking part of it? For example, if you were just sitting across from each other having coffee or something, do you think it would feel different?
What’s nice about walking in nature is that every once in a while we can stop to notice a swan or Heron or something, but really, I prefer to walk somewhere it’s almost boring. The reason is so that my focus can be on the conversation with the other person. I actually don’t like to walk with other people downtown where there’s a lot of visual distractions; my brain can’t handle that. So I like walking in a somewhat monotonous landscape because it allows me to be in motion without getting distracted and able to have a conversation.
So, if you’re meeting somebody for the first time that you don’t really know, would you want to walk somewhere downtown or would you prefer a place that you describe as more monotonous?
For me, I feel the same. My biggest priority is always connecting with the other person and putting myself into a listening space. I have a ADD and the less visual distractions that I have, the easier it is for me to actually pay attention to my walking partner.
If we were walking in downtown Petaluma, there’s all these stores that I would be unbelievably distracted by and lose focus. Even walking with a friend around a neighborhood where there’s houses and flowers and things like that, I get distracted there, too, because I’ll be like, “Oh, that house is pretty,” and then I will lose a couple of sentences of what the other person says.
You have a very interesting perspective! One more question for you. What’s one thing you especially value about WomenWalking?
I love the group walks for meeting other women and also that’s it’s a scheduled thing. I’m an extrovert and don’t like to walk on my own, so having something in my calendar for a specific time, where I don’t have to think about it, I can just show up. I know, that for the next 45 minutes, I’m going to go for a walk and meet new people and see women I know. Walking with women is way better than paying for a gym membership.
Thanks, Christine, you’re a doll!
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