Joining a mall walking program comes with many benefits, such as air conditioned walkways, the opportunity to new people and convenient places to get water or a snack, explains HowStuffWorks. Another benefit is the ability to window shop while exercising.
Walking in malls helps people avoid traffic, allergens, extreme temperatures and air pollution as well, which are hazards of walking outside, notes HowStuffWorks. Some malls even offer discounts and incentives to mall walkers and extend their hours to accommodate them. Local hospitals and health organizations have encouraged mall walking by collaborating with malls and sponsoring clubs.
For mall walkers who still want some sunshine along with the added convenience of walking in a mall, some cities offer a special opportunity by prohibiting cars from driving near downtown shopping areas because they want to revitalize these declining city centers. Some malls assist mall walkers by providing a measured track to allow the walker to calculate how far they have gone, along with free health screenings, fitness seminars and stations with instructions for stretching. Mall walking has become a social activity, as well as a booster for the economy, a way to multitask by shopping and window shopping, and a relatively safe and comfortable way to work out for many Americans.