Walking exercise

Walk Therapy: How To Log Maximum Miles Every Month

There’s no question that walking is good for you. Here’s a trick to make sure you keep moving.

Walking exercise

 

FIT FOR FREE |  Last month, I walked from Vancouver in Canada to Bellingham in Washington and then back to Vancouver again. After that I walked from Vancouver to Hope. I didn’t actually visit either of these lovely towns—I walked the equivalent distance, 316 kilometres (196 miles), in and around my own neck of the woods.

breeze-app 450That isn’t that many kilometres when you think about it, a little more than nine (just over six miles for American readers) a day. After an injury to my upper body prevented me from going to the gym last year, I took up walking to keep from turning into mush. To stay motivated, I imagined myself trekking to actual places.

Now that I’ve been over the border, I plan to hoof it to Portland, Oregon, my old hometown, and then carry on to San Francisco. If I continue at my current pace, I should roll into the City by the Bay in less than five months time.

I do most of my walking in the early morning so that it doesn’t eat into my day, and I use the free Breeze app (pictured here) to keep track of the actual distance I cover. I also record my daily perambulations on my desktop calendar so I can see how my weekly walking is going and whether I need to play catch-up in order to maintain a nine-km-per-day pace. —Carolann Rule

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