Mall walking is a great way to stay active during the winter. The mall is an often underutilized public space for those who wish to exercise in comfort and safety. Shopping malls can offer temperature-controlled buildings, accessible bathrooms, free water fountains, flat and level walking routes, well-lit and safe environments with security present, benches to rest and no memberships required, so family and friends can walk with you.
Research studies suggest that when individuals exercise with a friend who is also motivated, they are more likely to exercise longer, harder and enjoy it more. Whether you are alone or with others, walking has many physical benefits.
Most malls open their front doors at least an hour early for mall walkers to have free rein.
For more information on increasing your level of physical activity and walking, see the tips from UGA Extension at www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/health-lose-weight-exercise.
Source: UGA Cooperative Extension