In some places the air quality occasionally is less than desirable for walking, and almost everywhere there are days that are just too rainy, snowy, hot, cold or icy to walk outside comfortably. What happens on those days when conditions outdoors are not conducive to safe or comfortable walking? Rather than letting those situations interfere with your walking exercise regimen, follow Mom's advice and play inside.
Whereas inside walking isn't always as much fun as outside walking, it is equally healthy. Depending upon where you live and other factors, there are four inside walking options that may be available to you: house walking, indoor track walking, treadmill walking, and mall walking.
For many, treadmills are the preferred inside walking method. An attractive feature of treadmills is that you can adjust the speed and distance to your needs. Manual treadmills are fairly inexpensive and usually fold up compactly to make it easy to store them when they're not being used. Having your own treadmill makes it convenient to get in some exrecise when you have a little spare time, regardless of the weather conditions. If you belong to a gym or health club, it is a pretty safe bet that they will have treadmills available for their members.
Of the inside walking choices house walking is the most accessible option, but it can get boring for some people, particularly if their living space is relatively small. Basically it entails either walking in place - a common feature of walking DVD workouts - or walking from room to room and following the perimeter of each, then repeating the process as many times as necessary to approximate your normal outdoor walking regimen. Homes with stairs are especially good for house walking, but if none are present where you live then incorporating power-walking techniques into the process will maximize the health benefits in the shortest possible time.
Some of the bigger gyms and health clubs have walking tracks. Typically the number of laps necessary to equal increments of a mile is posted prominently to make it easy for you to monitor the distance you travel.
Mall walking has become a very popular form of exercise, particularly among housewives, househusbands and retirees. Many malls now open a few hours earlier to accommodate those who wish do their walking without interfering with regular shoppers. Some malls have even set up coat racks during the winter so that the mall walkers have a safe, secure place to leave their outer garments while walking. It is not uncommon to see groups of mall walkers socializing at the food court after their workouts, many of them having met for the first time while walking through the mall.
There is really no excuse for slacking off from your walking activities because of bad weather or poor air quality. One of these inside walking options should do nicely until you're once again able to walk outside safely and comfortably.
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The Stamina InMotion II treadmill is self-powered, meaning you set your own workout pace rather than relying on a motor. Not only is this an energy-efficient means of staying in shape, but it's also extremely quiet, so you can easily watch low-volume TV shows or listen to music while walking or running without disturbing others. The InMotion II also offers a 42-inch-long walking/running deck that accommodates both longer and shorter strides, along with dual-weighted flywheels that keep the deck running smoothly. And users will love the multi-function, battery-operated monitor that tracks distance, workout time, speed, and calories burned. The InMotion II folds up and stores easily in a closet or garage. Other features include a textured, non-slip walking/running surface; foam-padded front and side rails; a heavy-duty steel frame; a pair of incline positions (8 and 10 degrees); skid-resistant rubber floor protectors to maximize stability; and a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Also, it doesn't require an electrical outlet, so you can put it just about anywhere.