Mall Walking - How to Get Started Today

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Mall walking is a great way to get fit, catch up with friends and beat the bad weather.

Never mind the rain, snow or heat; you can get your workout in a safe, climate-controlled environment. You will avoid cars and traffic and exercise in a well-lit location. You can walk with your friends or make new ones if you join a program. And, you'll enjoy all of the incredible benefits of walking.

Many shopping centers offer these types of programs, sometimes in conjunction with a local health care provider or adult school. Some are free to join while others require a small fee. Some of the fantastic benefits you might find at your local program are:

  • Monthly informational seminars on health topics.
  • Information to get you started and to help you succeed, such as walking and stretching tips.
  • Incentives for reaching your goals.
  • Blood pressure checks.
  • Social events.

The Mall Stars at the Mall of America offers monthly reports showing how much time you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned. It even offers discounts at stores and opportunities to earn prizes as you log more miles.

Many shopping centers open early for walkers so that you can beat the crowds. There are usually markers on the floor, so you can measure how far you’ve walked.

Some groups led by an instructor who will guide you through a walking and stretching routine. Others offer you a walking map and are self-guided, allowing you to walk whenever you like.

Another great aspect is that you can make new friends or bring your friends along. You’ll be surrounded by people who are committed to improving their health, just like you. They will support you in meeting your fitness and weight loss goals.

But most of all, exercising with others is fun! And after all that walking, you can catch up with friends and enjoy a healthy, low-fat snack in the food court.

How to Join a Mall Walking Program

Take a look at your local mall’s website or call the customer service department or concierge and ask if they have a program. They’ll give you details about how to join.

This is a great way to get in shape and stay fit. It’s convenient, safe and fun! You’ll make new friends and achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.

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