Make every day a walk @ lunch day

by / Tuesday, 24 April 2012 / Published in Wellness

Before getting a job in the city, I used to dream about being able to walk to work.

I’d normally daydream about this while I sat in my car in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Schuylkill (un)Expressway. I hated driving to work. Even my super-secret back roads short cuts from Manayunk to Plymouth Meeting would take 45 minutes.

I am now lucky enough to live within walking distance of work, the grocery store, Clark Park, Fairmount Park, a farmers’ market, and most of the nightlife in the city. However, according to my friends, my definition of “walking distance” is very different from the average person’s definition. You see, I live about 2.5 miles from work. To me, that’s a nice little stroll in the morning.

When I first started to work out and lose weight, my exercise of choice was walking. When the weather was nice, I’d walk around the track at the Ambler Borough Park. Rain, cold, or snow meant walking inside at the YMCA. It just seemed like the easiest way to exercise. There was no expensive equipment required and no special moves to learn. I didn’t have to sign up for a class. I just had to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement.

I have now added running, Zumba, step aerobics, and spinning to my fitness routine. However, walking still remains an important part of my exercise repertoire. I try to add some extra steps to my day by taking a short walk during my lunch break, walking to or from work, or getting off the trolley a stop or two early. It’s an easy way to burn a few extra calories while getting some fresh air.

Tomorrow is National Walk@Lunch Day. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a gym newbie, lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement on your lunch break. Take 30 minutes out of your day to get some fresh air and burn calories.

In Philadelphia, there will be thousands of people walking around Rittenhouse Square. Don’t work in Center City Philadelphia? There are walks scheduled all over the region and the country. Visit the National Walk@Lunch page to find a walk near you.

You can also just get some coworkers together to go for a stroll. Maybe even start your own walking club. Maybe you too will see that once you get walking, you can’t stop moving.

I’m a senior communications specialist at IBX. I’m passionate about weight loss through fitness and healthy eating. I stay active by walking, running, and going to the gym. I also enjoy hiking with my dog along the Wissahickon trails.

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