With these rainy, dreary days, it is nice to think outside the box a little bit. Parents still need to stay fit and get some exercise in, but where to walk, where to move, and where to go besides the gym?
Enter mall walking. Southpoint Mall hosts a Heels in Motion program through the UNC health system. It seems geared toward, and attended by, the senior population. But nothing in any literature that I found precludes parents with strollers from joining in! You get into the mall early: Mon.-Sat. at 8 a.m. and Sun. at 10 a.m. And every 4th Wednesday of the month there is a talk as well as a breakfast provided by La Vita Dolce (all health food I am sure). On those Wednesdays a health care professional from UNC Wellness Center leads you through light exercises right in the mall.
If you aren’t feeling brave enough to go it with the seniors,I found the map they use and share it here (click on link for image you can zoom in on, a smaller .jpeg of same is shared below for ease but not as legible). You can recreate the walk on your own, during your own time, and at your own pace.
There is an outdoor/indoor Blue Route that is 1 1/4 miles.
There is also an indoor-only White Route. Two laps of this route equals 1 mile.
I have found a few markers in the mall itself helping you know where you are on your walk if you are following one of these routes. Although how you walk and keep from straying into shops is beyond me. But I suppose you could always walk first, then know that you are going to treat yourself afterwards to some new tees from Gap….
If the kiddies are in tow, a stop after or before at Kidzone might be nice.