This event is created to introduce to people how to use walking to improve or maintain their overall health. We will walk several times a week at a moderate pace for a distance of about 11 K in about 1.5 hours to 2 hours. We will start at 5:45pm sharp. Depending on who shows up the group will be divided into three groups. The first group is a slower paced group for beginners. The second group is for people who would like to do it at a moderate pace. And the last group is for people who want to walk at a quicker pace. We will try to accommodate everyone, so please put in your comments, the pace that you would like to walk. In case you get separated or you would like to walk on your own: click here for a map of the route.
Who am I?
My name is Michael and I've been organizing "Fast Walks" and many other walking events since 2007. Currently I also organize hikes for several Meetup groups so I can answer all your questions whether it relates to walking or hiking. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about walking or conditioning for hiking. My goal is to get as many people to be active as possible in a safe manner.
Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Walking can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes but make sure your shoes are comfortable, with appropriate heel and arch supports.
Which Group Should I Choose?
Before you join a group you may want to build a base level for walking. Start slowly and gradually. You may want to start with a time that is comfortable. For example, 10 minutes or what you feel is comfortable for you. Just go out somewhere close to home and walk for 10 minutes and see how you feel. You should be able to walk comfortably and walk without breathing hard. Use the "talk test". If you can talk while walking you are walking comfortably. If you can't, just slow your pace and continue walking when your breathing comes back to normal. Continue adding minutes and before you know it, you will be walking 60 minutes.
During the walks you can also start adding a little intensity to your walks, that is walking at a faster pace. Use the following method, walk fast for seconds, then walk for a few minutes until your breathing becomes normal and repeat. Do this a few times during your walk and continue increasing the time for walking fast. How fast? As fast as you feel comfortable. By adding some intensity into your walks, you will burn more calories and use walking to lose and maintain your weight. By walking faster you will walk farther in a shorter time period
You should aim to walk five times a week. This is just asking for a hour of your time per week. As you increase the time of your walk, you may want to reduce it to three times a week. Just listen to your body and let your body help decide what is right for you. The main thing is to get out and walk and be active. You have to train your body to walk consistently and make it a habit. You can't do this if you only decide to walk once a week or when you feel like it. This is the same if you want to learn how to run, do weight training or any other sports.
When you can walk comfortably for 60 minutes, you can join any of the groups. Don't be too quick to jump into a faster group as walking too fast when you not ready for it will result in injuries and a lot of pain. It's always better to learn to walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Don't subscribe to the philosophy of "No Pain No Gain". You goal is use walking to improve and maintain your health for the rest of your life. How can exercise be fun if you are struggling to keep up and hobbling around in pain the day after.
We will walk from Science World and pass through Olympic Village. We will pass under the Cambie St, Granville St, and Burrard Street Bridge and end up at the water fountain at Kits Beach. We will take a break here and then retrace our steps back to Science World.
Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 5 minute washroom break at the halfway point.
Round Trip: 11.9 km (6.9 miles).
Elevation Gain: 10 meters or less.
Pace: Usually between 4.5 km/hr and 5.2 km/hr (around 2.9 miles/hr).
Click here for a link of the entire route.
There is ample parking along Quebec Street and the side streets. Most of us are parking along First Avenue because there is always parking there and also to avoid the traffic whenever there's a Canuck's game. So if you happen to park on Second or First Avenue, a few of us will be walking back to our cars. Also, please post your location and we'll see if we can carpool. Buses and Skytrain accessible.
We will meet and wait a few minutes and start at 5:45pm SHARP and meet at the entrance to SCIENCE WORLD.