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Earning your steps: Tip #1 Mall Walking

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As part of our 10,000 Steps Challenge, we're gonna be showing you different ways you can accomplish your steps everyday. Today we have a tip, at Cherryvale Mall to get those steps accomplished.

While the weather may be beautiful right now, you may not like to go outside in the cold to walk. So instead, you can come to the mall and mall walk.

That's right, mall walking. A sort of indoor walking track for both the young and the old.

"This place is open and it's climate control, and we can take the baby and walk and get it done," says Carol Wych, a dedicated mall walker.

Wych and her friend Ronda walk three miles in the mall every morning, and after losing weight on Weight Watchers this past year, they're determined to keep it off and keep walking.

"When you miss, then you forget, you know," Ronda says. "Then tomorrow, I want to keep doing it. It's a routine, you know."

And a comfortable routine as well. The upstairs level of the mall opens early for walkers. With soft carpeting, easy on your legs and good all year round.

"The mall is convenient in the winter, and it's free," Wych says. "Anyone can walk."

Greg, Aaron and I tried it out ourselves and ended up racing. I'm not sure if we showed the proper mall-walking etiquette. It's not just a free for all. There are rules.

"When you're mall walking out here, you should walk counter clockwise, just like in racing," says Floyd Simonson, another dedicated mall walker. "If someone walks the wrong way, somebody always looks at them like, 'You're walking the wrong way,' and they'll make comments as they walk around from them. And usually after a couple times around they'll be going the right way."

But mall walkers will tell you, it's not all about getting your steps in or the amount of miles you walk. It's a social event as well.

"There's one group, they celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter," Simsonson says. "They wear these little Easter hats and St. Patrick's Day they all have the St. Patrick's gig on."

A lot of walkers were very focused and didn't want to talk. We weren't as focused.

"I think it's just healthy, gets your blood flowing faster, your joints moving," says Ronda Hyser. "I don't want arthritis when I get older. I'm hoping this will help."

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