Anyone with a Fitbit, pedometer or similar device is probably aware of the 10,000-steps-a-day fitness goal.
Walking in general is a good, low-impact exercise. Ten thousand steps, however, is no panacea for health because, as it’s often said, you can’t outwalk a bad diet.
The 10,000-steps fitness goal is also arbitrary in the sense that it can mean different things depending on how the steps are taken. For example, if someone takes small steps slowly shuffling around in a crowd or walking through a shopping mall or museum, there will be less health benefits in that than taking 10,000 steps on an open walkway at a brisk pace.
Equally inconsistent is the actual distance covered in 10,000 steps because it varies depending on the person doing the walking.
A 6’ 2” man with a long stride is going to have to walk a longer distance to reach 10,000 steps than a 5’ 2” woman with a shorter stride. In addition, unless walkers measure their stride and enter that distance into their Fitbit or pedometer, the distance measurement is probably inaccurate.
However, the most important aspect of the 10,000-step fitness goal isn’t the distance walked or even the number of steps taken; it’s about physical exertion. Pace and time spent are key. Fitness goals are good motivators and there’s nothing wrong with the 10,000-step goal; just remember that not all 10,000-step regimens are created equal.
For those who are interested in having a rough idea of how far they walk, the average time it takes to walk a mile at a brisk pace is roughly 15 minutes. Accordingly, in 30 minutes, most briskly walking people are going to walk two miles in 30 minutes, three miles in 45 minutes and four miles in an hour.Walking can be a good part of a regular exercise regime. It’s probably best if combined with some other exercises, but even if you just walk, it’s much better than remaining sedentary – even if you don’t keep track of how many miles you walk.
If you’re just beginning a walking regime, the first thing you want to do is have a good pair of shoes with proper arch support. If the shoes have laces, make sure you don’t tie them too tight or you might discover the displeasure of extensor tendonitis if you walk daily. Alternatively, tie the knot off to the side of your shoe and not straight over the top of your foot.
CAMANA BAY WALKING
Camana Bay offers scenic, safe places to walk. Rather than choose a specific route, concentrate on walking for a certain amount of time. Start by walking 20 to 30 minutes and work your way up to 45 to 60 minutes. Vary your route and take the time to look at things as you walk to keep it from becoming boring.
Some areas to include, at least sometimes, on your walk:
The Crescent – With majestic date palm trees, green lawns, the fountain and harbour views, the wide and breezy Crescent is an ideal place to walk and view the fabulous architecture of Camana Bay.
The Crescent boardwalk – Spanning from the Solaris building to the 89 Nexus Way building, the breezy boardwalk presents scenic views of the Camana Bay Harbour. Take a detour and walk to The Island and then the Camana Bay docks to take in the impressive view of the Town Centre from out in the harbour.
The Courtyards – Camana Bay’s four courtyards – Jasmine, Gardenia, Canella and Cassia – all have distinct personalities and unique flora. When the 1 Nexus Way building opens later this year, the new courtyard formed between it and the 18 Forum Lane building will offer yet another pleasant place through which to walk.
Camana Bay Sports Complex – Located behind Cayman International School, the Sports Complex offers good views of the tennis and basketball courts, the swimming pool and the football field. Depending on what time you walk, you might even see people playing or practising sports. Walking past the south end of Cayman International School, you’ll notice the fragrant aroma of sea lavender shrubs, which can also be found at the entrance to the The Island’s boardwalk.
The Paseo and Market Street – Camana Bay’s two main thoroughfares offer excellent window shopping and people watching opportunities.
The Observation Tower – For those looking to add a challenge their walk, try climbing the 231 stairs to the top, resting long enough to enjoy the beautiful view, and then using the other staircase of the double helix on the way down.
Esterley Tibbetts Highway Pedestrian Overpass – Walk from The Paseo toward Seven Mile Beach and now that the new pedestrian overpass is open, you’ll be able to put some incline in your walk. From the top of the overpass, look back toward the Town Centre and enjoy a fantastic view down the Paseo all the way to The Harbour. Keep walking, taking either the left fork or right fork to West Bay Road, and then circle around to take the fork not travelled on your return to the Town Centre.