Every weekend, in the city I stay, I see people flocking to shopping malls. It has almost been a common trend in big cities when families spending almost a day in the mall, from shopping, dining to movie going in the same place. While some are doing that, that is another group of people actually exercise too in the same mall, 3 to 4 times a week.
Yes, I am talking about “mallercise”. Mallercise, or commonly known as mall walking, is a walking exercise in shopping malls. It is supposed to be the power walking done while window shopping. The craze has swept many places in the US, Canada and catching on in the UK too.
I believe that walking in the shopping mall is affordable (probably parking fee is the only charges), safe and comfortable even when it is raining or snowing out there. A normal 30-minute speed walk, including some stair climbing, can burn between 150 and 200 calories.
While I have no doubt on the potential of mallercise is to help people to lose weight, but I just worry that you may end up losing money from wallet at the end of each session. As you sail past the confectionery or ice cream aisle, you may end up having the junk food in your hands while walking. Not forget to mention almost women will stop to look at pretty shoes while shopping. The temptation to buy things is too irresistible for many shoppers.
Some of the interesting facts about this exercise:
- More and more mallercise groups are formed. They meet up regularly at different malls within a city according to the schedule. Some even have initiatives like 8-week mall walking program.
- Most shopping mall managements are willing to allow these groups to walk. In fact, it is a free publicity for the mall owners. Most walks starts 1 to 2 hours before the shops open their doors. Some malls even publish the mall walking hours in their websites. It is actually a win-win move. Crowd is less in early hours, so after mall walking, these people patronize the mall’s food court and help bringing business to the shops there.
- Most mall walkers are actually older people or obese people. Those are the serious groups of mall walkers. They go to mall as early as 6 AM in the morning. They wear pedometers to help tracking the steps they have taken. They walk in peace and quiet for an hour every morning. They accomplish at least few laps of each floor. While they walk, they look at the store display and take their time to walk. It is good since they cannot enter any stores at that hours and will not spend unnecessarily. If my mum stays here, I will definitely encourage her to do mall walking too.
- Some shoe manufacturers actually come out with special made shoes for mall walking purpose. They call the shoes as Mall Walker. Hush Puppies is one of the companies catches on this craze. Check out these so called Mall Walker shoes. It claims that these mall walker shoes provide extra traction for better walk experience on slicker mall floors.
Look as if shopping malls have been transformed into a huge exercise area. Remember a high-tech shopping trolley I mentioned in one of my posts – Burn Calories While Shopping With Trim Trolley at Tesco, the day has come that shopping is no longer just a fun activity, but also a fat burning exercise. I do not have any issue seeing senior citizen power walk in the mall and in fact it is good if you are sedentary, old or obese. At least you are doing something. But for people who are active, instead of strolling the mall, I will encourage you to try something like jogging, running or cycling. So, do not ditch your gym membership yet and opt for mallercise!
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