‘Mallercise’ has been a craze in the US for a few years, more recently trickling down to shopping centres in the UK. There are even organised mall walks to help people take steps to improve their health, with meet-up schemes at the intu Trafford Centre in Manchester and White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.
The NHS recommends aiming for 10,000 steps per day, the equivalent of around 8km or 5 miles (depending on how leggy you are). Our latest research found that more and more of us are tracking how many steps we take each day and now almost half (49%) of UK adults are measuring them in some way, even if it is running around the house. However, we discovered that only 17% of people who track their steps actually manage the full recommendation regularly – the average person only reaches 7,358 steps a day.
So if the very thought of trying to get your 10,000 steps has you diving back under the duvet, or if you just need some help reaching the target, the ‘shop and drop’ approach could be for you. (And any new purchases will only make your workout more effective. Bonus.)