Malls Offer Indoor Alternative For Walkers

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Story Updated: Feb 13, 2014

The never ending cold, ice and snow can make walking outside less than inviting.

In fact, it can be down right dangerous. 

Both Watertown and Massena malls open their doors well before business hours and invite walkers to come inside.

"It's a great environment where people can stay warm, be out of the snow, a nice, flat surface for them," said Karla Woods of Salmon Run Mall.

We caught up with four walkers.

They meet at the mall in Watertown regularly, partly to exercise and partly to socialize and they have it down to a science.

"It's just under three-quarters of a mile," said walker Bob Traverse.

But while some mall walk year round, the greatest number of people pound the tile instead of the pavement in the winter.

And 87 year old veteran mall walker Jim Montrois will tell you, it has worked for him.

"I'm still here," he laughed.

Next week we'll tell you about a fitness program for moms and their stroller-age children which moves inside during the cold weather months.

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