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11 Reasons Why Walking at the Mall is an Easy Way to Get Active


Walking is great exercise and walking in the mall is second only to walking in neighborhoods in popularity. Malls are great places to walk because they provide a sheltered indoor space free from traffic and bad weather. 

  1. You can walk alone or with a group. Even if you arrive at the mall alone, you’ll probably meet other walkers. The support of others can help motivate you to keep going. 
  2. It’s convenient. Although a formal mall walking program may have set hours, you can also set your own schedule, and walk any time the mall is open. 
  3. Malls are easy to get to. Many have bus stops on site or nearby. 
  4. Malls are pedestrian friendly. They have level floors, benches or other places to rest, water fountains, and accessible restrooms. 
  5. It’s free. You might be tempted to window-shop, but you don’t have to buy anything. If you do shop, some stores may give discounts to mall walkers. 
  6. You don’t need special exercise equipment other than comfortable walking shoes. 
  7. Walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. 
  8. Malls are accessible to those with varying physical abilities. 
  9. You can walk at your own pace. As you get used to walking, increase the frequency, intensity, and/or duration of your walk to improve your fitness. Try taking the stairs to the second level instead of the escalator. 
  10. Mall walking is non-competitive. You can exercise and socialize in a friendly environment. 
  11. Security staff help make malls a safe place to walk. 

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