When I was a child, my mother had a bookseller come to stay for a night at our family home. I loved listening to his stories of selling books, but one thing he said especially intrigued me – he used to read while walking to work. He walked through busy Auckland city streets, over pedestrian crossings and into his shop while reading a book, and he had never had an accident. These days people often read their phones while walking, but you may want to consider taking a walk with a book. It helps with weight loss, it gets you into the outdoors and yet it also means you can manage more reading, so there are many advantages. Obviously, some care needs to be taken not to walk into lampposts or, worse, a car. The activity is sometimes called ‘readwalking’. Perhaps one day it will be an Olympic activity? It’s the opposite of being a ‘flaneur’, so perhaps a walking reader should be called a ‘lecteur’?
Others choose to read while on the treadmill at the gym, which does help to make the awful activity slightly more bearable, but it can be tricky holding your book in place and turning pages without losing balance, so perhaps audio books are better for the gym.
I often listen to audio books as I walk, which is safer, but there have been times in parks where I’ve had a physical book (nothing too heavy) as I’ve walked. However, I do find it needs to be a light read in all senses of the word. I also adore reading in the bath.