Walking and Reading

United States
February 22, 2011 6:26pm CST
Hey all the readers out there! Within the past year I've picked up the habit of pacing while I read. I get my book, I pick an open spot in the house, and I walk back and forth and read my book. I get lots of exercise, and I finish loads of books. I've also been reading on the treadmill at the gym. So I'm wondering, does anyone else do this? lol I tried to talk my Mom into trying it but she's convinced she's going to trip or run into a wall. I told her that she knows how clumsy I am, and I haven't done either so she should be fine. (She doesn't seem to believe me) I find it fun and it combines my two favorite stress relievers, reading and walking. So do you read and walk? Would you consider it? Have you picked up any other strange reading habits? If you have, I'd love to hear them!
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28 responses
• United States
23 Feb 11
I can't walk and chew bubble gum! One time when I was at work I tried reading something on my way back to my desk. I stumbled on the corner of a box that had been put beside my desk and crashed into the SOLID brick wall beside my desk. As for the reading while riding in a car...nope can't do that either, it makes me dizzy. I think it's because I can see from my peripheral vision everything thats moving outside the car window and my eyes are focused on something that's stationary (stays in one place). I like to read in a chair, laying down, on the potty...just so long as my body is not moving from a point A to a point B while I'm reading life is good.
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• United States
23 Feb 11
I usually read and walk in a place that's clear and that I'm really familiar with. I don't often read and walk when I'm actually going somewhere. I hear loads of people say that reading in a moving vehicle makes them dizzy or sick but I really don't get it. I've been reading in moving vehicles since I was little and it's never bothered me. I mean, I can see everything that's moving in my peripheral vision too, but it's not bothering me at all.
• United States
23 Feb 11
Well, perhaps it not for you to GET...lol. Just understand that while you can walk and ride around in a car and still be able to read...not all people can do that. It's not something that we should be critisized for, we just can't do it. Something about doing it messes with our equalibrium for whatever reason. I'm happy for you that things like that don't bother you. After all whatever method we take in reading, be it sitting down or walking around the room, we can all enjoy reading just in our own way.
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• United States
24 Feb 11
I'm sorry, I meant no offense. I'm not criticizing, cause I totally understand that not everybody is like me. I think what's important is that there are still loads of avid readers out there, no matter how they read.
• United States
23 Feb 11
I am sure that I would run into something or fall off the treadmill! I tried looking at magazines while walking on the tread mill but it wasn't too comfortable to me as my sense of balance gets off some. I have stigmatism and get car sick... I think that's a factor. I prefer a cup of coffee and a big comfy chair! But I'm glad for your dexterity and multi-tasking abilities.
• United States
23 Feb 11
I have an an astigmatism and I'm nearsighted, but I wear contacts and I've never found either to be a problem for me when I do. I'll admit that I have wobbled a bit when reading and walking on the treadmill, but I haven't fallen off. (not yet anyway...) I think I can read almost anywhere without much of a problem. lol These days I prefer to be moving so I really enjoy reading and walking even more so than a comfy chair. I'm not much of a coffee person though.
• United States
23 Feb 11
I cannot read when I am riding in a vehicle. It makes me real sick! my daughter can though... it makes me sick to just listen to her read out loud! lol
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• United States
23 Feb 11
I've heard lots of people say that... but I really don't get it. What about reading in a moving vehicle could possibly make you sick? I've been reading in cars, trains, and buses since forever. It's never made me feel sick. A classmate of mine told me I was making her sick while I was reading in the back of a moving car and she didn't see how I could stand to do it. I was like, "Well how can you stand not to...?"
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@rameshchow (5283)
• India
4 Mar 11
In generally we are seeing that the girl is reading in the first floor beside window. The boy is beating sight from outside. This is very funny. But coming to real studies about technical education it is not easy to understand. Better to read in a constant place.
• United States
4 Mar 11
I don't read to study though. Not often. About as often as I watch documentaries.. which isn't often. Reading is something fun for me. I love my fantasy novels. I also love walking and getting exercise, so it's natural that I combine the two. lol
• India
4 Mar 11
When i have read the fantasy novels, i just feel them as in our real life. I gonna live in the story.
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• United States
4 Mar 11
lol... me too. That's why I love them so much.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Feb 11
No, I like relaxing and reclining while I read. The exercise I get is in dancing and walking dogs..lol
• United States
23 Feb 11
I love to dance but I don't get any books finished when I do. lol Well there's something I haven't tried... dancing and reading. Maybe I could pull it off... It's just my way of killing two birds with one stone. I love to read but I don't want to sacrifice my reading time to exercise so I just do both.
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• United States
23 Feb 11
There's no way I could read doing some of the dance steps I do.. But if it works for you, great..Let us know how it works out for you..:)
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• United States
23 Feb 11
lol, I'm thinking it's not going to work out at all. My arms go all over the place. The book will probably fly out of my hand and break something.
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@staria (2782)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I am more at ease w/ reading while lying down. I would like to try your habit but I think my eyes wont permit me, I am nearsighted and might develop a headache if I combine walking and reading altogether. Anyway, happy reading still! :)
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• United States
23 Feb 11
I'm nearsighted too, and I've never gotten a headache while reading. I wear contacts though, and I've never tried it without them. Do you have glasses or contacts? Because my nearsightedness isn't a problem for me at all, but if I didn't have my contacts or my glasses then it would be.
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hi, was planning to get eyeglasses, but my parents discouraged me as they think that eyeglasses wouldnt help at all and would just increase the grade of the lenses, but do you think so too?
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• United States
23 Feb 11
There's really nothing that can help your vision get better over time other than time itself. Wearing glasses isn't going to make your natural eyesight get worse, but it's going to make your life a whole lot easier! My lens prescription changed over time but that's only because your eyes change over time. It has nothing to do with whether or not you wear glasses.
@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I do read using mobile internet while on treadmill and even reply or make a post using my touch screen phone. it makes exercise more enjoyable and less boring. I cant exercise without my mobile phone. I need something to take my mind off my exercise so I would not easily get tired on the treadmill.usually I end up doing more exercise when im browsing the net with the use of mobile internet.
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• United States
23 Feb 11
Books are so much more fun than the internet. At least... I think so! I wouldn't want to surf the internet and exercise. That would be my personal signal that the internet had taken over my life and I don't want that to happen! As it is I try to spend as little time online as possible.
@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
yeah it can be bad if internet has taken our life so much. but i don't exercise daily. it has been last week. so i hope i can use the net again on my phone tomake me exercise again. but i have bad mobile internet connection now. in the philippines the mobile network connection is quite slow. and so it is not really dependable. most of the time it is painfully slow. like now, i am using my pc because my mobile internet connection can't go pass one page browsing and nothing more than that. just a waste of money actually to subscribe monthly. but i just have prepaid account and just chose one day subscription at a time in mobile internet connection which cause an upfront payment of $1.10 per day mobile internet connection.
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• United States
24 Feb 11
That's one of the reasons I love books more than the internet... books don't need to load. Unless you have one of those crazy ereaders, and don't even get me started on those! I hope you do get out and exercise soon sometimes though, it's really good for you.
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
23 Feb 11
I don't think that reading when you're walking is good for your eyes. You shouldn't stop it.
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• United States
23 Feb 11
... why would it be bad for my eyes? My eyes are fine. It's just like reading and sitting, only your feet are moving.
• Vietnam
25 Feb 11
Oh, no. When you're walking, all parts of your body are moving. If you keep this habits for a long time, your eyes will be weak.
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• United States
25 Feb 11
What's your source for this? Cause it sounds like you're making stuff up. lol
@gloryacam (5543)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
When I was still studying, I had to do this a lot. Especially during exams, and during the time I had to read volumes. If I'd stayed seated while reading, I'd fall asleep fast.
• United States
23 Feb 11
I've never fallen asleep reading, even when I was reading for school! So I don't think that's a problem for me. I read for fun these days anyway. Not a whole lot of school assigned reading, and I love to read my fantasy novels!
@gloryacam (5543)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I don't know why school textbooks have that sleeping pill effect on me. Because I could stay awake all night reading novels.
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• United States
23 Feb 11
Well school textbooks are pretty darn boring most of the time. Even when it's a subject I'm interested in, I usually think they're boring, but I've never fallen asleep. I came close one time when I was reading the Scarlet Letter (Assigned reading) in class one day, but I think that's just cause I was so darn tired. lol I've stayed up way too late reading novels too.
@bardgirl (364)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I've been read walking for years. Some people are impressed but I've been doing it so long that isn't such a big deal. Weirdly I'm less likely to trip and fall if I'm reading a book. I even read going up and down the stairs.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
Wow... I haven't tried up and down the stairs! Maybe I should now that I'm a reading and walking pro.
@bardgirl (364)
• United States
27 Mar 11
You just might impress someone. Hmm maybe I could deliver the mail since they sort of do the read while walking thing. I ran into a mail guy that looked a little like Stephen King.
• United States
23 Feb 11
I do, and I also do reading on the treadmill, and reading on the elliptical and reading on the bike. the time flies and i burn alot of calories sometimes I lose track of time, which is nice cause we all know how hard working out is! but i'm glad im not the only one that has this habit! I agree other people should try it too, they just might love it!
• United States
24 Feb 11
Another reader on the treadmill! Yay! I'm not alone! It's good to see someone else who loves books and gets their exercise done when reading them. I've been telling lots of people to try it today. It's kinda fun.
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
lol. i found someone like me. ive been trying it for a year now due to my fast paced schedules.
@kh_rabbe (196)
• Bangladesh
23 Feb 11
Its a big true for me. I always do this too. Its mainly happen to me before the exam night. May be tension is the main reason for this. But its give me a help too.My parents thought intelligent student do reading and walking..........
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• United States
23 Feb 11
I don't read to study... I read for fun! I'm very attached to my high fantasy novels. lol I've never tried reading and walking while studying. I wonder why so many people bring up study material when they talk about reading. Am I the only who doesn't connect the two in my mind?
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
i on my side read for life.. it's fun indeed but sometimes doing other things diverts my attention to what should i be focusing into...
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@thatgirl13 (7306)
• South Korea
5 Mar 11
erm i've tried walking and reading while going to school but it's a bit inconvenient to me. one of my habit is reading while in the bathroom.
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• United States
5 Mar 11
I know loads of people who read in the bathroom. Even I do from time to time.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
24 Feb 11
Hi. alloftherain. I have not read and walked before. I think that I may trip or lose my balance. I think that is great that you can do all of this all at the same time. I hope that you will have fun!
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• United States
25 Feb 11
You never know until you try. lol I will have fun. I'm good at that. Especially when I'm reading.
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
I have never tried that, reading and walking at the same time. Oh wait, I think I have, but I didn't get too far and I couldn't do it for too long. I did try reading while on the treadmill but the movement got me dizzy while reading I think. Good for you that you hit two things at the same time, no excuse NOT to exercise :)
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• United States
24 Feb 11
Lol, well at least you gave it a try. I personally love reading and walking. It's loads and loads of fun.
@Liliac26 (558)
• Romania
24 Feb 11
Now, I'll have to try this! I really want to get some exercise, but I never seem to find the time (or the will). I really hope I won't break my neck! I'm pretty clumsy myself, but there is an open space in the middle of my room, so I should be all right if I walk in a circle. Though I might get dizzy. I don't have any reading habits that I myself perceive as strange, but I sometimes read in the bathtub or when I'm eating.
• United States
24 Feb 11
Lol, reading in the bathtub seems pretty strange to me. I've never done it myself but I hear there are others who do it. I'd be afraid of getting my book wet. You should give it a try... you never know until you do. Just make sure the area's pretty clear and it's a spot you know well enough so that you won't run into anything you didn't know was there.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
24 Feb 11
You are very intelectual, reading is the best exercise for the brain, congratulations! I don't think I can, the only book that ever made me be addicted actually is Agatha Christie's, I think I walked a little with her book, I love her so much.
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• United States
24 Feb 11
My Mom has the whole Agatha Christie collection and I've thought about reading a few on occasion, but I'm not really into mysteries as much as high fantasy (my favorite genre). Is there one of her books that you'd really like to recommend?
• Netherlands
23 Feb 11
That's actually a great way of getting your exercise done. It's less stresful and you can concentrate on reading instead of your legs not being able to walk anymore, haha. I never really tried this before, but I might give it a shot sometime, sounds cool!
• United States
23 Feb 11
Well give it a shot. I recommend walking in a spot that you're really familiar with and that is pretty clear like a stretch of hallway in your home. If I was actually out and about then I don't think it would go so well. lol
@fjclolazy (859)
• China
23 Feb 11
Hi,my friend, I must tell u,it's bad for u when u walk and read.It's bad for your eyes. Anyway,I have a bad strange habit.I like reading when I go to the toilet.lol~~~
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• United States
23 Feb 11
How is it bad for my eyes? My eyes are fine. It's just like reading and sitting, only your feet are moving. I don't think reading in the bathroom is a strange habit... loads of people do that!
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I've never tried walking while reading. It's just that I feel I might bump into something and trip over. I think I'm quite like your mom. HAHA! Anyway, that would be fun if I get to have a little bit of exercise while finishing a book I would so much enjoy. I'm just wondering though, would it strain the eyes since you're moving while reading?
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• United States
23 Feb 11
My eyes are fine. They never hurt and I never get a headache. My feet on the other hand... lol. I usually don't have a problem reading and walking. But I usually do it when there's little to no danger of me running into something. I pace back and forth in a part of the house that's really clear and that I'm really familiar with. Or I'm on the treadmill, and no I haven't fallen off the treadmill yet. lol
@voldrox (7202)
• India
23 Feb 11
Hello allyoftherain, Lol, that sounds like fun. I don't have the habit of reading while walking, or walking fast but yes i do have share something similar to you. I read text messages and reply to them while walking. A couple of times i had pulled myself at the right before crashing into something static. With time and experience i have learned how to control myself while i am chatting to my girlfriend via text messages. It is fun and weird, lol. There was this one time when i was as usual gazing into my mobile screen and walking towards a bull! I noticed it just in time, and the bull was looking at me, it turned it's head towards me as i was crossing it, also released a huge puff of air from it's nose while it did that. Wow, i was like, if i had gotten any closer to it, i am sure it would have done something to me. ha ha. Right after i crossed the creature i was again chatting with my girlfriend, telling her my small encounter with a bull and how it intimidated me. Oh c'mon bull i was only messaging my girlfriend, you have no reason to harm me!! :D
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• United States
23 Feb 11
I can't text and walk. lol I only read and walk when I'm walking in a safe spot. It's pacing back and forth on the floor and not while I'm actually going places. I think I would need to pay attention to avoid running into a bull. That's a funny story, I'm not sure quite how you managed that. I don't like texting anyway.