My favorite thing to do at the gym is walk on the treadmill for 30 - 45 minutes before doing anything else. This was the easiest exercise to find an alternate for. I can "walk" anywhere, right? Since I live in the beautiful and very white Upstate New York, to walk outside is hit or miss.
As I thought about alternatives, a few came to mind:
*The Indoor Track at our high school is open to the public before and after school
*Our Town Hall is available to walk laps in
*Our schools are available to walk laps in the hallways, before of after school
For me, to walk right after school makes the most sense and requires me to travel no where. I started this last Tuesday and managed to get in a 35 minute walk, 1.55 miles, before leaving school to tutor. I felt refreshed and proud of myself. I went home and even did a couple more exercises. You'll learn more about these in future "Fitness Friday" blogs.
To help me stay the course I've invited a couple friends to join me in my walk. I plan to walk whether they are able to join me or not but sometimes the time flies faster when you are visiting with a friend. When it warms up and the sidewalks are clear, we can walk around town after school.
Another benefit of walking, at least 5x a week, I'm getting in some reading too. I turned on my Audible and listened to a great book while logging my steps. A win-win, right?!