I decided early this year that exercising in the cold was not going to
happen. So I have been walking the isles at Walmart. I don't know if
it's because I don't have a cart or maybe because I am walking
briskly, but I often get mistaken for an employee.
I helped a woman find some duct tape, I got a can of roast beef off
the top shelf for some guy and helped some woman pick out the paint
color for her bathroom. :)
BTW I estimate 20 min at a brisk walk = 1 mile.
I like Sam's, for walking in lousy weather. Wide aisles, less
crowded/annoying than the mall or Wally World, and as long as I don't
make a disturbance or break anything, they really can't throw me out,
since I am a member. Pretty sure I'm not the only one. And if I actually
need anything from there, I just buy it on the way out the door. Pretty
much never anything I NEED at the mall. My office complex has tunnels
underneath it, and 2 laps make a mile, so that is where I walk on work
days in lousy weather. I keep a pair of tennies under my desk. Just
gotta make sure I walk AFTER the last meeting of the day, so I don't
show up all sweaty and smelly.
Standard disclaimer- I HATE walking, but I hate how I feel when I don't,
worse. Getting middle-age and falling apart sucks.
I found most of my foot pain was the result of walking on flat concrete (AKA
sidewalks). It got so bad a few years ago that I could barely walk around
I started going to the local park and walking on the dirt/bark jogging path;
I can put in 10 miles now with barely any foot pain at all.
Feet aren't designed to walk on flat concrete, and they fail miserably when
you force them to.
I'm the opposite. I can walk on flat concrete a *lot* longer than uneven
ground. I worked in the back of our lot, on a fence, this past weekend. After
a couple of days working on the uneven ground my feet, ankles, and knees have
been killing me for four days. Perhaps feet weren't designed to walk on
concrete, but next time try wearing shoes. They help a lot. ;-)
this time of year,it's hard to negotiate your way through the crowds,if
you're trying to keep a brisk pace. even at WalMart.
some malls have a club that walks early in the morning,before many of the
shops are open and the halls are clear.
Not much use to those of us with day jobs, and I like to sleep in till
730 on weekends. I've tried it, and got looks like I was invading
'their' club. The other poster that mentioned that a non-hard surface
is easier on the feet is correct, but that is only an option about 3-4
months a year around here. It is a 20 minute drive to a suitable
location for me, summer is way too hot, and winter is way too slippery.
I have been mistaken for an employee in Target (I was wearing a red shirt).
While I might have corrected the customer, in this case she was asking about
CD-R and I probably knew more about them than an employee.
17 days until The winter celebration (Saturday December 25, 2010
You are spot on for the 20min/mile. I was surprised at that figure
when I first laid out my route on county roads. From boyhood I had
always heard that a brisk walk would do 4 mph. Not even close.
I should get back on it. My firewooding season is over and I'll lose
a bunch of conditioning if I sit on my rear the rest of the winter.
At my age, it for sure is "use it or lose it" and once lost you don't
get it back.
Sign-in as a vendor; that way you get a nifty "Visitor" badge. A "Visitor"
badge makes you one of the crew, and you can go anywhere you like, even in
But I doubt that you can walk briskly enough to make a mile in 20-minutes
inside a store. I cover a mile in 15-minutes outdoors on dry pavement, in
shoes. If I try the exact same pace indoors, it feels far too quick;
indoors I am forced to a far slower pace than outdoors.
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