Sunday, June 16, 2013

Skechers: GOwalk - I Challenge You


I have always been a firm believer that walking is one of the best forms of physical activity, especially the speed-walking variety. I prefer walking over running simply because it is low impact and therefore easier on my knees. Plus, you can call up a friend to join you on your power walk while you get to catch up on the latest gossip, such as the undeniable fact that Chris Hemsworth has a secret crush on me. It's true.

Skechers GOwalk


One very important factor affecting your walk is a decent pair of shoes. Since we are finally enjoying some spring-like temperatures here in Toronto, I am feeling the itch to get out and walk more often. So I accepted an opportunity to try out a pair of Skechers GOwalk shoes. Having worked in a shoe store when I was younger, I have a general idea of what to look for: a low, supportive heel, a flexible sole, breathable material and a lightweight shoe. The new Skechers GOwalk pretty much fits this bill.


From the moment I tried on a pair of Skechers GoWalk while at the Bay, I knew it was a match made in heaven. It was like walking on a cloud. You see, these shoes have what's called a Resalyte midsole which is lightweight and absorbs impact rather effectively. This in turn helps to reduce pressure on ankle and knee joints. They are also extremely flexible and have a built-in OrthLite sockliner that is anti-microbial and honestly feels like a second layer of skin. You can hardly tell you're wearing a shoe. 

 

Seeing as I often have difficulty finding shoes that fit properly, I questioned whether or not this slip-on shoe would fit me well as compared to a lace-up. I was glad to find they fit like glove. The uppers are so flexible yet they hug you in just the right places. They are wide enough for my short, stubby feet and easily accommodate my slightly high in-step. The size 7 shoes left me with plenty of room in the toe box for my little piggies to spread out freely and cry, 'Wee, wee, wee!" all the way home. Unfortunately, the shoes smell of unpleasant rubber so I'm hoping the smell goes away sooner than later. And I'll be curious to see how durable they are for such a lightweight shoe and whether or not they can bring the price down a smidgen from the $75 suggested retail price.




Giveaway

Skechers Canada has kindly offered to give away a pair of women's Skechers GOwalk to a reader of Toronto Teacher Mom. They currently have grey, black and blue Skechers GOwalk in stock. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you must be a resident of Canada in order to be eligible to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I was provided with samples to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

121 comments:

  1. i go for a walk every evening - it helps me wind down and sleep well that night
    (stacey h)

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  2. I walk most days in the warmer months.. and I just love being outside!

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  3. I walk whenever I need anything from the store or have an appointment. We live in a town the 'other side' of town is a 40 mins walk. I take my iPod, get lost in my own world like I did 25 years ago as a teenager :)

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  4. I don't have a licence so I walk just about everywhere. I most enjoy walks in the conservation area with my DD's enjoying nature.

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  5. I walk daily with my dog - "I" like to take different routes so that we don't get bored!

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  6. I walk for about an hour every day. That's my 'me' time when I can enjoy nature or think about things without getting interrupted.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  7. I agree that walking is easier than running for me & my knees. Everyday since Aug. 2004 my hubby & I walk hand in hand. We then rescued a dog, & added her to our walk. Got pregnant & used the walk to exercise. Had twins & now, we walk as a family every day after dinner. Our walk allows us to catch up everyday. M.Bartello

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  8. Very cool. I have super swollen feet right now being 8 months pregnant but I can see me living in these shoes once the swelling is gone lol they look perfect for traveling too :D

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  9. Very cool. I have super swollen feet right now being 8 months pregnant but I can see me living in these shoes once the swelling is gone lol they look perfect for traveling too :D

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  10. I like to go for a walk everyday in the spring/summer. I enjoy seeing other people's front gardens and flowers.
    Cheers.

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  11. i like walking tot he store to get ice cream

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  12. We have 2 dogs so I try and take them for a walk everyday. Also love going for walks on nature trails

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  13. weather permitting I like to go for a walk everyday - just to help me relax and for the exercise

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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  14. those shoes look fo comfortable! I usually go for walks after supper with the dog.

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  15. I walk every day. (unless it is raining too hard)

    I enjoy the fresh air and listening to the birds on early morning walks.

    :-)

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  16. I try to get in a daily walk just to get fresh air and exercise!

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  17. I walk everyday, because good exercise and I like being around nature (I walk through the local wooded area nearby). With all those trees, lots of natural oxygen, and I am more than happy to share my CO2 with the trees!

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  18. I recently started school and I walk there and back and on weekends I take the dog for a hike saturday and sundays.

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  19. I go for a walk almost daily! I love being out in the fresh air and love checking out the homes, front yards & flowers in my city. I get plenty of great decor & gardening ideas while I'm out walking. Walking also helps me to clear my head of clutter!

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  20. I walk every night and I love it. It is a great way to destress and just have some time alone to think, it is especially nice in the summer when it is cool at night after a hot day

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  21. Every day, love to be in touch with nature!

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  22. I go for a walk when it is nice or warm out. I love how energizer it makes me feel
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  23. I go for daily walks. I like the clean air and the fact that I'm getting some exercise.

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  24. Honestly, all day at work I am walking, BUT I don't do much once I'm home. My family goal it to get out for walks more often... we'll see!

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  25. I love them! I want them! I try to go for a walk in the morning before everyone else is up in my house. Truth of the matter is, if I don't manage to do it then, it doesn't happen. I love enjoying the quiet moments and taking in a little nature... even if it's just the worms squiggling across the concrete on their way back to the grass after a rain fall!

    Tammy

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  26. I enjoy walking. Of course I have my camera in tow. I never know what I will capture on my ole digital
    (Debbie W)

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  27. My son and I like to get out as often as we can to be one with nature. Our fav spot to hit on the weekends until school lets out when we will have more time together is Cherry Tree Trail. We love going there for a great hike and feed the animals along our walk (chipmunks and birds)

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  28. I walk a couple of times a month (not as much as I would like!). I enjoy the scenery while walking.

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  29. I walk a couple times a week and enjoy seeing the changes in nature. Like what flowers are in bloom.

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  30. After I have my baby in Sept I plan to walk like a maniac (now I just kind of waddle around) - so these shoes look like they would be perfect for doing that!!

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  31. I take my kids for a walk almost everyday that the weather is cooperating. My daughters ride their bikes and I push my little guys in their cars. We love to stop and check out all the interesting things we spot along the way!

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  32. I don't go for walks often, I have Crohn's disease and it makes it difficult to go for walks, when I do get out I love hearing the birds and seeing beautiful Mother nature, I love to walk on the path along our waterway, it's gorgeous

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  33. I go for a walk every day after dinner, it makes me feel better and I like to burn off some of the calories before going to bed

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  34. I walk a few times a week but I know I need to do it more often. I love taking my camera so I can take pictures of whatever inspires me. I live in the city, so I try to explore different neighbourhoods when I'm out to keep in interesting.

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  35. We try to go for walks after dinner mostly in the warmer weather. When I have a day off I like to take long walks. It makes you feel good after having a walk.

    Londia

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I go for a walk every day. I love the peace and relaxation it provides me

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  37. I love the tranquility of an early morning walk

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  38. If the weather is nice I go for a walk almost everyday
    thanks

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  39. I go for my walks in the morning and I try to get out three mornings a week

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  40. I walk 3 evenings a week right now, which will most likely be daily when it gets warmer here. I walk for mine and my doggie's health :) I walk close to the ocean and it smells so fresh and clean.

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  41. Daily. It's a good way to exercise.

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  42. I take my kids strolling everyday that's not raining in Vancouver. I love how quiet the kids are in their stroller and it gives me a some quiet time with my ipod!

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  43. I walk all the time, I don't know how to drive so these legs are my vehicle. I like the exercise, fresh air, and wide open spaces. (Sabrina Tong)

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  44. I walk daily! love living near the beach!

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  45. I go for a walk everyday for my daily needs and relaxation. I enjoy the freedom. I do not own a car

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  46. I walk for my job so I don't normally walk for pleasure during the week. However, with a baby on the way, I'll be walking more to get that baby weight off ha ha!

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  47. I go for a walk just about every day. I walk to pick up my daughter at school and sometimes I go for a walk in the evenings with my family which I love as we live next to the ocean with awesome trails and sunsets.
    Angela Mitchell

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  48. i don't really do for walks but i tend to walk home from the skytrain pretty much once a week cause i tend to miss the bus but it's nice cause u get to see a lot of scenery

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  49. I don't walk as often as I should but I take the dog and we enjoy being out in the fresh air.

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  50. I enjoy walking in the evening after a long day, enjoying the night air!!!

    Tammy Dalley on rafflecopter

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  51. Not often enough. Maybe once a week, but I'd like to do it every night.

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  52. twice a week with the poochies for a good long walk

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  53. Great for the daily walk with the pups!

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  54. i enjoy going for a walk , just for the fresh air

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  55. pretty much everyday after dinner
    jan

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  56. I walk 3-4 days a week! especially later in the evening when it's cooler.

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  57. I walk several times a day and i enjoy the fresh air.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  58. I walk everyday- I'm a ten minute walk from the nearest bus stop near my house, and the bus only gets me to within a 3 block walk to work :)

    mimishumblepie@gmail.com

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  59. At least once a day! Love walking and love these shoes ;)

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  60. I don't walk as much as I should, but I did just find a new walking trail near my house that we tried out the other day.

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  61. Once or twice a week, I just enjoy the fresh air

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  62. We are out walking all the time now. My preschoolers favorite thing to do "wanna go for a walk?"

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  63. I like to walk by the river. So peaceful and lots of wildlife.

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  64. I walk so much everyday. I would prefer to walk everywhere and not drive if I am able to.

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  65. I walk everyday. I'd rather walk than drive especially downtown. I like to admire my surroundings like people, buildings, bikes, construction, dogs etc

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  66. I don't drive so we walk most days, especially school days. summer time we walk often, and weather permitting if we need to take transit, we walk to the train (about half hour) instead of taking the bus. I like the fresh air and just getting out and active.

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  67. WE adopted a puppy a few months ago and that has set me on a 5 day a week walking outing. I hope this winter to also ( finally) start using my treadmill!

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  68. I walk for weight loss and that's why I love it! I work 4-5 days a week

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  69. I walk every day and enjoy the time to myself. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. I combine walking and transit every day, as I don't drive. Walking is fun and better than sitting in a car.




    Bonnie

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  71. I walk everyday on my lunch hour :) These would be awesome to win

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  72. I walk most days, I love taking my camera and finding some great pictures.

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  73. I am a stay at home Mom ans sometimes take 2-3 walks a day just to fill free time up! Lori Jackson is my rafflecopter name

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  74. I walk daily! :D I enjoy woodsy trail walks.

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  75. Bailey dexter I walk everyday, I go out, rain or shine! or snow

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  76. Everyday! With the dogs, too! So refreshing!

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  77. I walk to work everyday and always needs comfortable shoes. I enjoy a walk in the park on weekends and enjoy the outdoors and fresh air.

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  78. I go for walks a few times a week and I like to walk through a local park...it's beautiful and peaceful! Love it!

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  79. Almost everyday, when it's not raining..

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  80. I walk every day with my dog because he needs to go out!

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  81. i walk for a living, I deliver 500 newspapers a day, I walk for 3 hours a day. I enjoy walking and I do need comfortable shoes for this.

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  82. No often enough! But I love the fresh air!

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  83. I try and walk daily with my kids. Right now we have challenged ourselves to walk 100km for a sweet treat at a new ice cream shop.

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  84. I walk often, I have two senior beagles who I walk several times a day and we like to walk and hike as a family.

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  85. I go for a walk everyday for at least 30 minutes. It helps me clear my head and gets me to and from my yoga class or to the gym. I always have sore feet so super comfy shoes are a must at all times.

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  86. We go for a walk once a day. It's a great way to wind down and get some fresh air. We all sleep better after a brusk walk.

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  87. I have a bit of walking everyday

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  88. I go for at least one walk each day. The thing I love most about my daily romps is spending time with my Chihuahua, Bruiser. Everyone we pass instantly gets a smile on their face when they see my little guy, and that makes my day - every time.

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  89. We go for a walk every evening. We like walking around the neighborhood looking at all the scenery. It is great to just get out and have fun and be outside in fresh air.

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  90. I walk everyday at lunch for 30min as well as 12 flights of stairs everyday

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  91. almost everyday with the dogs. i love that its my time. i'mnot mom or wifey or boss lady i'm me, my music my dogs

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  92. As often as I can - it helps me think.

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  93. I walk almost everyday and I enjoy the sounds of nature. It's wonderful to hear birds and bugs.

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  94. I used to walk everyday before kids. Now, not nearly enough but I try to a few times a week.

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  95. I'm a runner but on days I'm too busy ro go for one, I walk instead. it's such a great way to keep in shape. also... funny story. I ran my first half marathon in sketchers that didn't have shoe laces...and I finished in 2:20. lol

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  96. I usually go for a walk with my toddler and dog every day. I love watching my son point at all the different things he sees and explore his world. We have so much fun.

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  97. Evan, my nine year old son, my shadow, is an active/high energy, charismatic/enthusiastic little creature. A character trait that reigns supreme - "Curiosity/Love Of Life". So in reflection of that reality - I walk everyday....his exuberance for the little things keep me young. When I have time of solitude to walk and smell the roses - I enjoy the stir of the wind/crickets and the true appreciation of being alive...time alone is scarce/so that rare gift is the reward.

    eva mitton-urban

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  98. I live by the lake... there's a nice breeze and gorgeous scenery.... I notice I'm in a lot less pain when I go walking.

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  99. I go for a walk every day with my puppy.

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  100. I go for at least a short walk on my break at work each day and on weekends am usually out with my kids at some point.

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  101. I go for a walk a couple of times a week. I like that places I want to go to in the neighbourhood are close enough to walk to.

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  102. I walk to work everyday...10 minutes going and 10 minutes coming back home.

    texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

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  103. I go for daily walks down by the river here. It's my "me" time.

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  104. My husband and I have just started walking every evening, for health and weight loss reasons. A new pair of shoes would be awesome. A new pair for the hubby would be good too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  105. I go for walks almost every night and usually walk for about an hour, I love going at night because where I live its so quite and relaxed, I love turning on my ipod and not worrying about the people around me (there isn't many lol)

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  107. I was walking daily and need to get back to doing that. I enjoy the quiet.

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  108. I don't have a car so I walk to work each day (and try to avoid the mosquitos) I like that my town is small enough that you can walk to everything

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  109. I walk all over my hood... groceries, coffee shop, walking behind kids on bikes etc. I love walking and wanted to get some of these!!!

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  110. I take our dog for a walk almost every day.

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  111. I don't wak half as often as I should because I have bad knees that have lead to a bad back.....and I have a horrible time trying shoes. Have not foudn a great pair yet, maybe this is them!

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  112. Since I tore my knee last year, the physio therapy that has helped me get back to "myself" inspired me to keep exercising and strengthening. Especially now, I do not take for granted how wonderful it feels to walk pain free. I even bought a treadmill so I can walk in the winter without the worry of falling on my butt.

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  113. I walk twice a day and enjoy being out with my dogs the most!

    neonkatt007 (at ) a ol { d ot} com

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  114. I do not go as often as I should or would like. I do get out a couple times/week though.

    Robyn C
    batmannrobyn2002 AT yahoo DOT ca

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  115. I walk around often but do not go for walks very often.. We drive places like farmers markets and walk around for half a day.

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

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  116. Every day I go for a walk with my dog. It's nice and peaceful, and we enjoy our time walking.

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