Mall Walking Guide
Surely you love to walk on those dry, cool evenings, but how often do we get such perfect weather? Sometimes it’s rainy, sunny, or blisteringly cold weather, especially this time of year, that can prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Luckily, some creative person came up with the idea of mall walking. Mall walking is beneficial because of the air-conditioned, enclosed space, level surface, and availability of drinks and snacks. The mall also offers many places to sit comfortably and use the restroom. Check out these frequently asked questions about mall walking.
Do all malls have mall walking programs?
Not necessarily. You may want to call your local mall to see if they do. If not, there may be some local groups that participate in mall walking.
How long should I be mall walking?
It is recommended to walk at least 30 minutes, if not more. If you can, you should be walking every day. As you continue your walking routine you will notice that your breathing should be getting better. You will also be able to walk longer distances the more you walk.
When is the best time to walk?
This largely depends on your mall. Some malls get very crowded during certain points in the day, and it is best to avoid walking during these times. Early morning is usually a good time to beat the crowds, especially on weekends.
Are there rules for mall walking?
Generally no, but you may want to ask management at your local mall. Otherwise it is best to be courteous to other shoppers and avoid running into anyone.
Do I need to warm up?
Before doing any exercise it is recommended that you warm up and stretch. This helps loosen your muscles and prepare your body for walking. Warm up for about 5 minutes before you begin.
If my mall doesn’t have a mall walking program, can I start one?
Be sure to ask management at your mall, but it is most likely that you can. You should ask to post fliers in the mall about your walking group, or even see if the mall can open a little early for your group to begin before shoppers arrive.