When did you last hear the Supertramp song “Take The Long Way Home”?
OK, guilty pleasure admission. I have to confess I’ve got it playing right now.
Admittedly the song’s lyrics suggest that someone’s taking the long way because they don’t actually *want* to go home, but let’s just take the title at face value.
It’s a good sentiment, though, don’t you think? No, not the idea of being a penguin (gosh, this is getting complicated) – the thought of sometimes taking the less direct route.
Sometimes you can’t. Time’s short, you’re in a hurry. Places to go, people to meet. Yada yada.
There’s a lot to be said, however, for going a different way – for altering your routine so it’s not mind-numbingly familiar. And this particularly applies, I believe, when you’re on foot.
Take the long way home and you’ll see new sights. Take the long way home and you’ll think new thoughts. Just as usefully, take the long way home and you’ll add to the day’s exercise tally.
Exercise is good for you but it’s not always easy to get enough. The trick, I think, is to build it into the stuff you’re already doing every day.
Take the stairs, not the lift.
Rather than moving your car between errands, park it once and walk from one to the other.
And, of course, take the long way home.