The week-long fitness program starts each moring with a brisk 60 minute walk. We mix the walks up daily – one day you may walk on pavement, while the next day, you may walk on gravel or through the woods. We will teach you the proper way to walk in order to get the most aerobic workout with the least amount of stress on your joints. Our walks are geared towards all fitness levels; there will be a walk leader, a backer, walk leaders who float amongst the group to motivate and encourage. Every person who chooses to walk with our group will walk 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back at a pace that challenges them. Each day, the walks increase in difficulty. We urge you to bring your own water for the morning walks. Although we have vehicle support to check on our guests sometimes the driver is needed for emergencies and may not always be available where and when you need a drink.
Each walk commences with an 8 to 10-minute warm-up. Before beginning the walk, an instructor will describe the route you will be traveling, as well as key landmarks that you will see along the way. Despite this preparation, we encourage you to take a walk route map, available in the office, on each walk. In addition, be sure to carry a water bottle with you to prevent dehydration during the walk. All walk leaders, as well as vehicle support, are equipped with first aid supplies.
During each walk, keep these guidelines in mind:
- We suggest coating your feet with a thin layer of vaseline before each walk to reduce the possibility of blisters.
- “More walk and less talk!” is our motto. Excessive chatting along the way can transform the potential for a productive aerobic workout into an idle stroll.
- When walking on the highway, be sure to walk so that you are facing oncoming traffic.
- During your first three days, be sure to pace yourself. Pushing beyond your limitations can result in soreness, blisters, or both.
- Take care walking down steep hills as this creates stress on the knees, shins, back,and reduces walk efficiency. If necessary, use a zig-zag technique to make the hills more manageable. Use caution when walking on gravel and dirt roads to prevent slipping.
- Walk with a heel-to-toe motion, bend your arms at the elbows to 90 degrees, and swing them in opposition to your steps. Keep your head up and shoulders back.
Following these suggestions will help ensure that your walks are safe, productive and enjoyable.