Just walk inside!
Depending upon where you live, you may be either entering or exiting the time of year for walking outdoors. In the south you may be leaving behind the time of year when walking outside can generate heatstroke and entering the rainy season. In the north it is close to the time of year when outdoor walkers must avoid snowplows.
Some people are year-round walkers no matter the weather.
The rest of us can head indoors to walk when the weather doesn’t suit us.
Benefits of walking
In many of our previous articles we’ve talked about walking for fitness and health reasons.
Here’s a recap of the benefits of walking.
Good for people who are overweight. If you are more than an ideal weight, walking is a good entry activity to get you moving again. Start small and work up to one hour per day.
Good for families. You can walk after dinner, walk the dog or walk to talk about homework.
Good for Vitamin D. You need that sunshine vitamin. Walking can help you get it.
Good for the planet. No gas or electricity is required. Just your two legs and an arm or two to swing.
Good for pets. Have you ever met a dog who didn’t like to walk? We haven’t.
Good for your heart. Women who walked 10,000 steps per day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks.
Good for your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking has the following health benefits:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Strengthen your bones and muscles.
- Improve your mood.
- Improve your balance and coordination.
Indoor walking places and spacesIf we assume that you want to walk, and we assume that the weather isn’t cooperating, where can you go to walk? Here are a few ideas.
- Shopping malls. You may see a number of senior walkers who do it as an organized club, such as the Mall of America in Minnesota. Just try not to stop and window shop. Put on your walking shoes and head out.
- Community recreation centers. Many recreation centers have free access to a walking track around the gym, pool, or other areas. Put “free indoor walking places” into your search engine and you’ll be surprised to see what pops up.
- Football, basketball or baseball arenas. Many professional sports arenas allow free indoor walking on non-game days.
- Local college, university, high school and middle schools often allow indoor walking around a track.
- Ice arena. The temperature may be just right for walking and working up a light sweat.
- Treadmill walk. You can do this at home, any day of the week or time of day.
- Work walk. Depending upon where you work, you can head up and down the halls, or even up and down the stairs.
- Museum walk. Some museums are very large with wide open spaces. Just watch your speed as many museum visitors are slowly ambling as they view the sights.