Exercise! - Are There Any Mall Walkers Of Any Age Here???

03-08-2014, 10:08 PM
Im considering walking in the mall 3 days out of the week and I was wondering if there were any other mall walkers on this forum?

03-10-2014, 10:49 AM
I'm not against it but why do you want to walk in a mall? Is it because of inclement weather? What I don't like about malls is that they're loud, there's people everywhere walking at different paces so if you wanted to maintain a pace you'd constantly have to slow down or swerve, it doesn't seem conducive to keeping up momentum. I also crave natural light and I would prefer that during my work out I didn't have to walk by the pretzel stand lol.

03-10-2014, 08:07 PM
When I worked out of a call center that was located in the mall I walked there all the time. My mall always opened it's doors about 1 hr prior to the stores opening...to allow for the merchants to open, security to enter the building, grounds keepers, etc. so I was able to walk prior to anyone showing up. It was convenient for me at the time, but I've since switched jobs. One thing to consider is the level walking area. Many times I'd pick walking around the outside of the mall as opposed to the inside to give me a few inclines. Of course if the weather is bad the mall is great!

LOL I used to walk during my breaks and lunches there too! OMG talk about frustrating. Gaggles of people, all moving slowly, constantly walking around them in frustration. That's why I normally headed outside!

03-11-2014, 12:30 AM
Im considering walking at the mall because when I did it Saturday afternoon it seemed as though it didnt take as long to walk for an hour and 1/2 then it did walking for 45 mins here at home.

03-11-2014, 09:20 AM
Im considering walking at the mall because when I did it Saturday afternoon it seemed as though it didnt take as long to walk for an hour and 1/2 then it did walking for 45 mins here at home.

If you mean walking for 45minutes on a treadmill then I agree, there is absolutely nothing that can make my time pass slower than a treadmill. I refuse to get on those things, I know people love them and they serve a great great purpose but I need to be outside, looking at things, walking in nature. Even the thought of a treadmill makes me depressed, I see people at the gym walking on it for like an hour! just staring at the television. I prefer workouts that challenge my mind, my agility, I want to only focus on the workout itself and I can't do that on a treadmill.

Walking in the mall probably woke up your senses, which made the time go by quicker. But I do wonder if dodging people slowed you down making your workout just a tad less effective? It's something to think about.

I don't mean to go on about this because it's a perfectly fine workout. However, I find so much inspiration at my local park. I see older ladies working out and managing better than I can and it fills me with hope that one day I'll be an old lady running around a track field too. I live in nyc so I have a need to get out to the park and see a tree or two. In other words, I like to surround myself with other people who are partaking of healthful activities like walking, jogging, even sitting and enjoying the sunlight on a bench. At a mall I feel overwhelmed by busy people running about finishing their shopping, it's not a calm conducive atmosphere.

03-11-2014, 07:11 PM
Nope I wasnt talking about a treadmill but thanks for replying to my thread though.

03-19-2014, 12:28 AM
I know a few shopping centers here have mall walking before the shops open.

03-20-2014, 04:48 PM
Thats awesome

03-20-2014, 06:22 PM
I always turn my walking app on when I hit the mall, and make it a point to loop around every level. I can check my distance, average pace, and calories burned, even though I often slow down to window shop. :)

I like the scenery and feel motivated by cute outfits I can't yet fit into, lol. And it's great when it's just too hot to be outside in the summer months (I live in Vegas). They do open the mall before the shops open and allow walkers.

03-21-2014, 01:12 AM
Thats great, I wonder if they open before the stores open for the mall walkers everywhere, I'll have to check into that.

03-21-2014, 04:01 PM
I drive my daughter to college a couple of days a week, then pick her up. There isn't enough time to make it worthwhile to drive home so sometimes I drive over to a nearby mall and walk it. I wear a Fitbit so I know how many steps I walked and the distance. I like doing it.

For those wondering why I would prefer that to walking outside, there are two reasons. First - I do like walking outside and often do it in my neighborhood. I walk with my DH so I don't get bored.

But the mall has 2 advantages. When the pollen is up, walking outside really messes with my allergies. Second, from about May to October it is just too hot for me to be able to tolerate walking outside. The mall is also good when it is raining or too cold.

I haven't found a problem with people being too slow. I usually am able to do this during a weekday, though, so it isn't as crowded as it might be on the weekend. I find it a little more interesting when I'm by myself to walk around the mall. If your mall offers the option, it is good to go up and down any stairs as well.

10-01-2014, 11:16 AM
Yeah I walk around the mall once a month and I walk outside in the mornings at 7:30 am before it gets too hot but your right I need to either join the Y or go to the mall when its snowy or rainy, All though the rain usually doesnt last all day so I walk outside after its done.

Marina Brasil
10-01-2014, 11:55 AM
We have a rain-season in Brazil so walking on malls is my only option for maybe 3 months. We'll have rain for weeks on end and sometimes we wake up to a pretty blue sky, so it's kinda crazy.

10-01-2014, 01:30 PM
I was thinking I could walk in the mall when the weather is bad.

10-01-2014, 02:12 PM
I walk the mall when I can. I do 5 laps which equals to around 5 miles. A local hospital sponsors a mall walking program here. They have monthly meetings and have brochures, etc. The mall walkers usually walk before the mall officially opens. We have several malls here and I walk the mall that has less foot traffic. The only time this mall is a problem is after Thanksgiving, during the holidays. I was walking one Saturday afternoon and ended up walking with one of the regular mall walkers. She had something come up that morning and couldn't walk at her normal time. I think she was around 75 y/o. Yes, I was doing my best to keep up with her. On top of that she was talkative! Which is great except, I was huffing and puffing and doing all I could do to keep up with her. :D

10-01-2014, 02:20 PM
Mall walking is fun!! I like to do that when I'm bored of my usual route or when the weather is bad. If I'm walking though, I'll make an effort not to go into stores until I'm done so that I can keep a pace. I love to people watch so I think it's a great way to get extra steps in the way!
Just a tip, since wannabeskinny mentioned it, maybe you could go in the morning to avoid big crowds, unless your mall isn't crowded at all, haha. Also, if you have a mall that has loads of stairs, that's a great way to get your heart rate up! I like to take the escalators and walk them up, I find them a little easier than normal stairs.
Also, if you tend to get hungry, make sure to bring snacks to avoid stopping at a café or a sweet shop.

10-03-2014, 12:42 PM
Thanks for the tips Muguet