Tyler and I have started taking walks after dinner in the evenings. It started with a "wow, we're really out of shape" realization and the decision to incorporate light exercise into our every day routine to build up a bit before taking on a serious work-out regimen. What it's become, however, is a vital part of life together.
Days are so hurried and weeks rush by, especially for me. When you work 10-hour days, there's the temptation to try to pack all your chores into the short hours before bed, even though you're exhausted, then crash, wake up, and start all over again. I feel like I'm at full-speed from 6am on Monday until 6:30pm on Thursday. These walks, though, force me to slow down. When we set out, we know that we'll be gone for about 45 minutes. There's no rushing through it (my knees are the worst) and our route has no shortcuts--it's a quiet county road lined with fields, barns, and some scattered houses. Life slows a bit down our little path.
It's also been great for our relationship. Once you settle into a married routine, it's easy to get distracted by life--especially technology. You come home, eat dinner, and plop in front of the television (or laptop or phone) for the evening. Ever since we've started walking together, though, our midweek conversations have grown from the typical "How was your day?" to deeper things--finances, dreams, the future. No regrets about adding that little walk to our daily routine. Oh, and the views aren't bad, either. :)