Walking is one of the easiest and most recommended ways to lose weight and stay fit. It requires hardly any equipment, so the costs are minimal. All you need is a good pair of shoes and the will to get up and get moving.
A number of the neighborhood locations of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have been participating in Wise Walk program for several years now. This fitness walking program, which is a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association, AARP and Highmark PALS (People Able to Lend Support) program, is geared toward adults aged 50 and up. But people of all ages are welcome to join the strolls around the library neighborhoods.
The Main Library in Oakland will be starting up a Wise Walk series for the first time this fall. Our 10 week session of walks around our neighborhood will begin on Friday, September 14th and run through Friday, November 16th. We will start at 10:30am and walk for about an hour. Water will be provided for the strolls and we will enjoy healthy, rejuvenating snacks afterward. Registration is required for the walks. Participants will be given t-shirts and pedometers to track the number of steps they walk in a day. You don’t have to join us every week, but we would love to see you for a fun, energizing trip around Oakland.
For your reading, viewing and rambling pleasure, the library has these items (and more) to inform you about the benefits and best practices for beginning and maintaining your walking regime…
ChiWalking: The Five Mindful Steps for Lifelong Health and Energy by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer
Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back by Carolyn Scott Kortge
Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You and Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun Together by Phil Zeltzman and Rebecca A. Johnson
P.S. And remember, the library has eAudio books available for you to download to your mobile device for free, so you can listen to a good book and exercise in the great outdoors at the same time. Just be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and watch out for traffic!