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CAMPINGIRL227 Posts: 16
4/4/13 11:32 A

I am fortunate too to have a walking trail near my work, I can get on it by walking across the playground. When the weather was warmer I would walk most days, but it is still pretty chilly in Maryland, waiting for spring weather to get back out.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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4/4/13 9:54 A

What a great find! It amazes me that we can discover such great things if we take the time to look. It sounds like you have something to look forward to each day now!

CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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4/3/13 10:25 A

Thank you! I seriously can't wait until the weather picks up were I am. It did for a few days last week and I walked everywhere I could!

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/3/13 9:17 A

Great job! I know that I wish I had that near my work! (I did have one at an old job, and walked it every day, that was nice!)

It is great to hear how you can easily fit a quick routine into your day to burn some extra calories and make you feel like you are making progress!

NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
4/3/13 8:38 A

This is a really inspiring thread. I have worked places with wonderful places to walk and places where the halls and stairs are about all there is. But walking or climbing stairs anywhere is better than just sitting. Once the weather warms up, I WILL be walking a half mile a day, just to get OUT in the air and stretch. At home it is no problem - lots of places to walk with my little dog. Thanks for the posts!

DTCATSPARK Posts: 1,031
4/3/13 8:31 A

Awesome read this morning.
Thanks for sharing, and good luck with your new found outlet at work.


MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
4/3/13 8:20 A

Yay for a walking trail so close to your work! And Go YOU for getting up and getting moving! I think a lot of us have sedentary type jobs, and therefore it's important to look for ways to get some activity into our days-- parking further from the buiding, taking the stairs, using the restroom that's not the closest one to our desks.

Where I work, and due to the nature of the job, I can't really leave the building during the day. But there is a set of stairs in the building, and often I'll go up and down the stairs 10 times at a go, to get some activity in. Or walk laps of the inside of the building (I'm surprized I haven't worn a "trail" into the carpet).

KENLIGRACE SparkPoints: (12,475)
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4/3/13 8:12 A

Since joining SparkPeople last week I have been bombarded with new ways of thinking and trying to teach myself new ways to eat and cook, etc. You all understand what I mean. One thing that I realized I didn't forget, or need to learn how to do, is walk. I have a busy schedule and I was sort of stressing how to get my fitness goals into my schedule without disrupting my few hours each evening with my three kids. The first day I simply walked around the perimeter of the parking lot where I work. Spring is here so the weather has been pleasant but I keep an umbrella in my car so I told myself that even if it rains, I'm walking. emoticon Well by the third day of this I had grown bored with the parking lot so I ventured out to the street and walked to the end of the block. I went a direction I had not driven before as it was the opposite way that I turn to go home each day. Well to my delight and surprise, at the end of the block was a walking trail that branched off from the sidewalk along the road. Not just a dirt trail through the woods but rather a real paved walking trail with a sign that read Noonday Creek Walking Trail. I had no clue this existed and I had been working at this office location for over two years. I followed it and couldn't believe that within 200 yards there was a marsh along the trail that had beautiful vegetation and ducks and turtles and, well you get the picture. All this had been literally behind my office the whole time and I did not know. I continued on the trail for a bit and started thinking I had better turn back, for I did not know where the trail went and for how long, and as I rounded a turn there was the street that my office was on. It had taken me roughly 30 minutes to walk this little loop. I excitedly got on MapQuest and figured up the mileage and it was a 1.25 mile trail. So now I know I have a nice walk on any day I want. It is a great way to get in some fitness minutes and also to de-stress from the office for a little while. So anyway, I just wanted to share this story with all of you. I know most people may not be as fortunate as I to find a walking trail so close to work but I bet all of us have a parking lot or a street out front. I truly believe a walk each day is a great way to let your mind de-clutter, burn off a few calories, and enjoy the sunshine. Anyone else out there have lunch time fitness goal ideas or solutions? Please share with me. I would love to hear and I'm sure others would too. Remember, don't just have a good day, make a good day. :) emoticon

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