Walk Across America
Walking's great. But if you need a break from the same old same old routine, here's a new way to think about how far you're getting!
Walking's good for you — it burns calories, sweats off stress, lowers your blood pressure and helps prevent osteoporosis. All without putting any strain on your joints or your wallet (read: no fancy exercise gear required).
You don't even need any extra skills — just your same old one-foot-in-front-of-the-other routine. But the problem is, that's just what it feels like — the same old routine. Adding music, friends and scenery can help, but sometimes it still feels like you're walking lots of miles, and still getting nowhere.
You're really getting somewhere!
And we can prove it. We've logged the miles of an average walker (3 to 3.5 miles per hour), so you can see how well you're doing — and how far you've come. Next time you need some walking motivation, think in terms of real-life American distances instead of plain old miles. Take a look: If you walk 20 minutes a day at three miles an hour, you're making 20-minute miles. Here's where that can take you:
- Halfway across San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
- Three-quarters of the way across New York's Central Park (widthwise).
- From Seattle's Space Needle to Pike Place Market.
- The length of Glacier Park Maze in Montana.
- From the JFK Conspiracy Museum to Dallas City Hall.
- Halfway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the University of Pennsylvania.
At that pace, by the end of the week, you could have trekked:
- From Cortez, Colorado to Mesa Verde National Monument (think lots of Anasazi dwellings) in Four Corners National Park.
- Almost around the eight-mile loop in Tucson's Saguaro National Park (and after one extra day, you're there!).
- From Manhattan's Upper West Side to its Lower East Side.
And when you speed it up a bit...
After a while, it's good to increase your pace — and your walking time. Speed up to 3.5 miles per hour, and walk for one hour a day (or try taking short walks in three 20-minute intervals), and you could be walking:
- From the White House to the Supreme Court Building.
- The length of Las Vegas's notorious Strip.
- Almost from Boston's Public Library to Harvard Square (add about 20 minutes and you're there).
After a week, you've done the length of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range in Tucson, Arizona.
After two weeks (and three days) you've gone from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Santa Fe.
In less than three months, you've walked the length of the Colorado River.
After three and a half months, you've tackled Yellowstone's Continental Divide Trail in Western Wyoming — one of the longest.
After six months, you've done the 700 miles of walking trails in Glacier National Park in Montana.
After eight months, you've walked from the flagship Nordstrom in downtown Seattle to the Market Street Nordstrom in San Francisco.
And here's some incentive: Walk for one hour a day, and in a little over two years you've walked from The Getty in Los Angeles to The Met in New York. Now that's an accomplishment!