Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I have never been a big fan of walking in the mall. It has been hot here lately, so an indoor workout is better. Also, my daughter is taking drivers education at the mall for 2 hours a day Monday through Thursday. Therefore, I have been walking the mall.
At first I didn't like it at all. The smells: pretzels, food court, and those awful stores that spray fragrances that you can smell 2 stores down. The sights: advertisements in store windows showing half dressed people and all the sale signs (I'm supposed to be walking, not shopping ). The changing temperature throughout the mall (It's really hot when I pass the food court.) The people: will they please move out of my way!
Now I've come to find some good things about walking the mall. I can walk past the pretzel stores (there are 3 in our mall) with out grabbing a free sample. If I walk earlier in the day, there are fewer people and more walkers. There are some truly special people who are willing to bring handicapped people to the mall to shop, walk, and just basically get them out. (Thank you so much to everyone who has the gift to work with these wonderful people.) There are many older people who are walking and I give them credit for continuing to exercise for their health.
Now for my attitude and that's what it is. If I have the right mind set, I can exercise wherever. I realize that not everyday will be my best nutrition and fitness day, but I'm working on my life plan. Even though I am very overweight, I can walk, I can swim, I can ride a bike, and I can do strength training. I am thankful!