The time: 8:00 am (EST) Monday - Saturday and 9:00 (EST) Sunday; the place: behind the brick and mortar of the Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, MI; the noted behavior: a bevy of health-conscious people taking their walk for fitness.
This two-level structure plays host to a group of people out to enhance their lives through healthier living. They are the mall walkers of the Lakeside Mall. And as walkers enter the mall, via one of the four main entrances, and most enter at the Food Court, a coat or jacket is dropped or hung on the nearest chair, bench, plant ledge, play-area seating, or resting area.
If the walker's goal is for a 15-minute, fast-paced walk, no problem. If the goal is for a 30, 45, or 60-minute walk to get the heart rate up, no problem. The lower level gives a three-fourth mile walk, while the upper level is a one-mile walk, including the Food Court. Whatever the goal is, the Lakeside Mall can accommodate it.
After the walk, some walkers sit down to a cup of coffee, tea, smoothie or other drink of choice, talk with fellow walkers, or read the morning paper. Others will make their way home, to work, or just go about their day. Still, others will wait around until the stores open to do some shopping. Lakeside Mall won't "shoo" walkers away if they meander a bit. In fact, businesses such as Panera Bread, The Coffee Beanery Ltd, Mrs. Fields Cookies and the Food Court, are favorite places to get a cup of early-morning coffee.
The Lakeside Mall of Sterling Heights, MI is a precious gem for walkers, and a support for a built-in consumer base for businesses. Walk, talk, read, drink and shop. It is such a great place for walkers to meet new people, enjoy a good workout with fellow walkers and avoid the cold winter weather outside. Since most of the others stores won't open for business until 10am, these walkers are most likely to have the mall to themselves. This is a win/win situation indeed. (For reminders on staying safe when walking outdoors this winter visit http://www.examiner.com/x-17524-Detroit-Walking-Fitness-Examiner for the Examiner.com's article titled "Walking safe is walking smart.").
Always Remember: Consult your physician before starting any exercise and/or diet regimen.