Physical Therapy Doctor - March 2018

MALL WALKING RULES

A Safe and Healthy Place to Exercise

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Walking is great exercise because it’s safe, low intensity, and effective. A study from Diabetes Care found that patients with prediabetes who walk for 30 minutes per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing the condition. Regular walking has also been linked to a decreased chance of stroke, heart disease, and even some cancers. Given how beneficial walking is to overall health, it’s a shame that so few of us live in walking-friendly areas. Smooth, level sidewalks are hard to come by. Local parks are a great option, but not when it’s winter or the weather is poor. If you want to get all the benefits of walking without having to brave the cold or rain, the nearest shopping mall is a fantastic alternative. You’ve likely heard of mall walking, and there are reasons why it’s so popular. Malls are safe, public spaces where you can walk freely and without much competing foot traffic. They are well-lit, climate controlled, and comfortable. The even surfaces and maintained floors are great for people who don’t want to deal with a lack of traction or steep inclines. Malls also feature plenty of amenities, like free water and benches for when you need to take a break. Mall walking is so popular, in fact, that the vast majority of malls open their doors well before the stores inside are ready for business. These times are ideal if you only want to share the mall with other walkers, as opposed to shoppers. Some malls also have dedicated walking groups, with circuits and regular meeting times. In a place like this, you can socialize while you exercise. Everyone could stand to walk a little more. If you want to get to stepping but are nervous about the great outdoors, give mall walking a shot. We’re guessing you’ll be hooked after a lap or two.

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INGREDIENTS

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3 pounds potatoes

1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces

2 sticks butter

1 1/4 cups hot milk

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4 scallions, finely chopped

1 head cabbage, cored and shredded

Parsley, for garnish

Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly.

3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.

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