Top Five Places To Walk

Good morning and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. First, my workouts this past week:

  • Monday – planned rest day
  • Tuesday – 10 minute arms, 10 minute stretch, 60 minutes treadmill
  • Wednesday – 10 minute arms, 10 minute stretch
  • Thursday – 45 minute treadmill
  • Friday – rest day (sick)
  • Saturday – 60 minutes walking
  • Sunday – 10 minute stretch

Just barely hit my 210 (two percent) this week, but didn’t plan to be sick either. I spent most of yesterday resting and relaxing and feel much better today. Starting this week, I am concentrating on weights/strength training and less on walking. My planned cardio will probably be HIIT on the elliptical or the arc trainer at the gym.

Here was my picture from the Komen Race for the Cure. It was a chilly day (around freezing), but the sun was out which made for a beautiful walk.

Race for the Cure 2013

Let’s talk about walking . . .

Walking is a great form of exercise and my favorite fitness activity. Anyone, regardless of age and fitness level, can start a walking routine. It’s free and can be done almost anywhere. All you need are a sturdy pair of walking shoes and you are ready to go. Here are my top 5 suggestions for places to walk!

1. Your neighborhood. You live there, so walk out your front door and explore. Grab a neighbor, a child, a dog, or your iPod and walk. If your neighborhood is like mine, the hills will challenge you! This is a great chance to keep in touch with your neighbors, see which houses are for sale, who is doing construction, etc. I love to check out Halloween and Christmas decorations. Try getting into a routine of walking after dinner with your family.

2. Local greenways. In our city we have over 50 miles of paved greenways for running, walking, cycling. Find out if your city has some. This is a great way to learn more about your city and explore new areas. Next house we buy will be closer (if not backing up to) a greenway for easy walking, running, and cycling.

3. A treadmill. If you don’t live in a safe area or prefer to workout indoors, buy a treadmill or join a gym. You can often find used treadmills on ebay or craigslist. There are more and more “economical” gyms popping up (Workout Anytime, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, etc.) that are only $10 or $20 per month. Treadmills are also a great rainy day option.

4. The mall. Many malls open early just for walkers. Check out the malls in your area. Our mall opens their doors 3 hours before the stores for walkers. This is also a great rainy day option and with the stores closed, you aren’t tempted to spend any money.

5. Walk in place. This can be done anytime, anywhere. There is even a whole DVD collection by Leslie Sansone called Walk Off The Pounds.

Find the location and equipment that works best for YOU and WALK!

Where’s your favorite place to walk? Do you walk alone, with a dog, a friend? Share!

5 Responses to “Top Five Places To Walk”

  1. Sorry to hear you were sick last week!! You still managed your 2%, though! Even though my diet was very junky last week, because of my long run Sunday, I got my 2% too!

    You are so right about walking around the neighborhood. It is great to know your neighbors! And all too often the obstacle to my exercising is all the equipment, planning, preparation that are required. If all I have to do is tie my shoes and walk out the door I am much more likely to go get some exercise.

    And hopefully our next house purchase will be right on a greenway, too!

    Hope you have a great week!! M.

  2. I love to walk with girlfriends! It’s my favorite way to combine workouts with social activity. I’m spoiled with tons of forest preserve trails so those are my favorite place to walk. Or neighborhood walks to dream with my husband! 🙂

  3. Walking with my wife is one of our favorite things to do together. We walk our neighborhood, and sometimes the green ways around Knoxville. Of course, our absolute favorite walk is on the beach when we go on vacation to Florida.

    Recently, my wife bought me a Fitbit Force, yeah the one that got recalled. My arm has had zero reaction to it so I kept it. I previously relied on Nike + on my iPhone to log my miles when I run/walk. I must admit, wearing the Fitbit each day is a constant reminder to get my exercise in for the day.

    Like many people, I have a sedentary job and have picked up weight over the years that I now want to get rid of. I typically average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day walking, then run that total up to anywhere between 10k to 13k steps per day when I go on my run/walk. Last night I managed to run a lot more than I walked, and I was very happy and got home with 11,193 steps/5.59 miles.

    Since I’ve owned my Fitbit Force, I’ve logged the following…

    2/14 – 2/28 – 47 miles
    3/1 – 3/31 – 150.7 miles
    4/1 – 4/10 – 44.5 miles so far in April
    Total 242.2 miles

    When I was using Nike+ I had only managed a total of 426 miles in a much longer amount of time, think years. 🙁

    To say the least, I’m motivated and happy that it’s become so routine for me and I’m looking forward to the results six months to a year from now.