Walking With Audiobooks - Life With Lorelai

Walking With AudioBooks

Walking With Audiobooks - Life With Lorelai

Like Walking? Enjoy Reading?

Put The Two Together!

I love to go for long walks in the park or along the beach. There is just something relaxing and rejuvenating about the peacefulness of a walk.

I used to go for walks on a regular basis, but as the kids’ schedules became busier, I found myself cutting out my walks in order to drive them to their school, social, or sporting events. I had lost my “me-time,” and I missed it. I had also missed a wonderful workout.

This past March, I decided I needed to get back into a routine of walking. Walks are healthy—mentally and physically. So, I began my daily treks. The first couple of days were nice, but then, I thought I needed to figure out some way to help keep me motivated to walk each day. My iTouch came to mind; it would make the perfect walking companion.

I have not had much time recently to read—a pastime I truly enjoy. I decided that my daily walks would be a wonderful time to catch-up on my reading. Audiobooks—what a phenomenal motivator! I could not wait for my next day’s walk to listen to more of my story. I also found that the audiobooks lengthened my walks. I wasn’t concentrating on aches and pains, or how tired I was, an added benefit.

Over the past six months, I have listened to twelve books, and am well into the thirteenth. I chose to get better acquainted with authors in my genre of writing, the cozy mystery. Authors such as: Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke, Rhys Bowen, and M.C. Beaton, to name a few. I am loving it!

I own a lot of audiobook recordings, but it’s all right if you don’t. I found this amazing website called, OverDrive. OverDrive brings your library right to your computer; it has a large selection of ePub and audiobooks for the borrowing. Check it out, and see if your library subscribes to OverDrive.

I like to keep track of things, so I thought it would be fun to create a bookshelf on Shelfari specifically for my “Walking Books.” The shelf allows me not only to have a record of what books I have read, but serves as visual inspiration and motivation. You can also set-up a bookshelf on GoodReads. Check out my GoodReads Bookshelf in the sidebar. (I love the look of my Shelfari Bookshelf, but my free WordPress blog doesn’t support the Shelfari widget. 🙁 So sad…)

Up for a Challenge?

What would you think of participating in a challenge—a challenge to walk for your health, and read books at the same time? It could be fun. And we all know that doing things with a group helps keep you focused on your task.

I will work on setting up the challenge. I hope you will join me. Watch for details.

Have you ever listened to an audiobook?

Do you have any favorite authors or genres that you like to read?

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9 thoughts on “Walking With AudioBooks”

  1. Lovely Idea Lorelai !!I am up for the challenge.I seriously need myself to be involved in some physical activity atleast to reduce my belly :P.Me and my hubby have enrolled in gym but we never go, may be once in a blue moon :P.I call him for walk but he will be tired once he returns from office so,he will say “No”.I feel bored to go alone so I skip ;)May be as you say ,if we do it as group I think the idea will work out 🙂
    Regarding audio books, I don’t read novels much but I read crafty books . Nowadays I hear many saying http://www.audible.com is good and they are offering a free e-book.Just in case , if you want to give a try 🙂

    1. You’re right, audible is a good website… I should have included it.

      I know I found that even when I definitely would have skipped going for a walk because I was tired, or sore, or whatever, I went because I wanted to hear more of my story.

      The book choice is yours…there are millions of them available! 🙂

  2. You know what, I used to listen to books on CD when I had a long commute to work, but I haven’t done that since! What a great idea, to listen to audio books while getting some exercise! Good motivation! My favorites are from James Patterson and Ted Dekker. I also love Nicholas Sparks and anything that’s current (like Hunger Games).

    1. Oooh, I like your author list. Having the audiobooks to listen to while I walk has helped me tremendously. Especially on those days where I know I would have just stayed in bed a little longer. I’m glad you think it’s a great idea. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the challenge and I accept it. I too love to read and enjoy walking. I never thought to include my books into that. I have shelfari and goodreads, I am going to try Overdrive but do you have to be apart of your library to use it? I hope not. I have to remember to add my Goodreads and Shelfari to my sidebar that looks awesome.

    1. Great! Welcome aboard. I will be getting the “official” challenge stuff put together soon…keep watching.

      OverDrive does require a library card. But library cards are free. 🙂 OverDrive allows you to check-out things that your library has “purchased” through them. It really is awesome and worth time to grab a library card.

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