The Week’s Walk Destination
Come “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together in Val Vista Community Park this Saturday, April 20
Meet Mr. Pedometer at 8:00 and/or 9:00 a.m. to explore the many unusual features of Val Vista Community Park. This acre park is located at 7350 Johnson Drive, off of Stoneridge Road. Turn left (south) at the signal just before Hwy. 680 and cross the bridge to the first parking lot, on the north end of the park.
This park has many sports facilities, but also a community garden area, a labyrinth, and a hilltop play area with an extra-special water feature. Like most community parks (as opposed to neighborhood parks), this one has public restrooms.
As always, we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and to dress in layers for the changing temperatures. We walk rain or shine…unless the rain is blowing sideways. (No rain forecast as this newsletter is being written.)
Walk Calendar – April & May
April 20 = Val Vista Park with Mr. Pedometer, 8:00 and/or 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
April 27 = Ken Mercer Park with Mr. Pedometer, 8:00 and/or 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
May 4 = Sycamore Grove Trail, Livermore, 9:00-? (Optional no-host brunch at Wente Grill at eastern end of the trail.)
May 11 = Mission Hills Park, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 18 = Ken Mercer Park, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 25 = Walk Star Dolores Bengtson will take us on our annual bird-watching walk at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, where there is an island rookery . We should see cormorant osprey, and heron parents and hatchlings. Bring binoculars! Please note that there is $6 parking fee (which helps support this wonderful 266-acre park). 9:00-10:30 a.m.
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Your Own Pedometer Walking Program
Starting a walking program is an easy and fun activity. Like anything else that we really want to do, it is best to set a time to walk so that you don’t allow other things to crowd out your walking time. Mr. Pedometer suggests using a pedometer to track your steps and measure your activity time. He says to wear your pedometer for a week and go about your regular routine. Write down your steps and activity time each day. At the beginning of the second week, increase your steps by 20% and work your way up each week until you are walking 6000-10,000 steps a day. 10,000 Steps-a-day is the recommended step count to maintain good health.
It is always more fun to walk with people, so find a walking buddy or look for walking groups in your community. If that doesn’t work, consider starting your own walking group. (See information on how to start your own walking group below). Walking and talking makes the time fly by and being outdoors helps you relax and unwind all while getting in your steps.
If you would like to use a pedometer to track your steps and activity time, go to Pedometer.com and check out the catalog. There are also some great articles on the site on how to get started on your walking journey to a healthier life style.
Start Your Own Walking Group!
If you are interested in starting a World Walk to Wellness walking group in your community, email us at walks@WorldWalktowellness.org and we will send you information on how to get started and post your group in our weekly newsletter.
Become part of a worldwide effort to encourage people to connect with each other through walking groups and become more active for a healthier, active lifestyle.