Are snow, ice and frigid temperatures melting your good intentions to stay active this winter? Head inside and rev up your walking program! From community recreation centers to shopping malls, there are more places to get your miles in comfort than you might think. Check out some of our favorites below.
Tip: Though warm and protected from the elements, indoor walking can get repetitive over time. Keep it fun by bringing a friend, music, or an audiobook. Use a pedometer to count and track your steps – it’s great for motivation. And play around with changing your pace – faster on the straights, slower on the curves – or incorporating intervals, such as alternating 1 minute of faster-paced walking with 2 minutes at a slower pace.
Brunswick Recreation Center Indoor Track
220 Neptune Drive at Brunswick Landing, Brunswick
The two-lane track measures about 1/9 of a mile. Hours vary. Most days the track is open from 8:30 am to 8 pm.
More info: 207-725-6656
Mason-Motz Activity Center
190 Middle Rd., Falmouth
Walk the hallways and gym.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm; Tuesday, 8 am to 6 pm; Friday, 8 am to noon.
For more info: 207-699-5302
Kittery Community Center Walking Track
120 Rogers Rd., Kittery
Log 1 mile for every 17 laps on the bright and roomy elevated track above the gym.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm.
Fees: $1 for non-residents
More info: 207-439-3800
The Maine Mall
364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland
The mall opens four hours early every day, leaving plenty of time for early risers to walk before shoppers arrive at 10 or 11 am.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 7 am to 6 pm
More info: 207-774-0303
Saco Community Center Gym
75 Franklin St., Saco
Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 to 9 am, 11 am to 2 pm; Wednesday 7:30 to 9 am, noon to 1 pm; Thursday and Friday, 7:30 am to 2 pm.
Fees: $2 drop-in or $20 annual fee
More info: 207-283-3139
South Portland Community Center Walking Track
21 Nelson Rd., South Portland, Maine
Circle the track above the gym 12 times to log one mile.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 am to 9 pm; Saturday 7 am to 7 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 8 pm.
More info: 207-767-7650
USM Indoor Track
43 Campus Ave., Gorham
Adults can purchase access to the six-lane track and gym by the month.
More info: 207-780-5430
York Middle School Indoor Trails
30 Organug Rd., York
Walk the hallways after school’s out for the day – incorporate stairs to boost your heart rate or stay on one level.
Monday-Wednesday, 4:30 to 8:30 pm.
Fees: None. Registration required.
More info: 207-363-7922;
Mall at Fox Run
50 Fox Run Rd., Newington
The mall opens for walkers one hour before stores open their doors.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
More info: 603-431-5911
UNH Hamel Recreation Center Indoor Track
5 Edgewood Rd., Durham,
You don’t have to be a student to take advantage of UNH facilities. Ten laps on the track earns you one mile.
Fees: $11 a day or $44.16/month (includes access to everything but the pools)
More info: 603-862-2031
Spinnaker Point Recreation Center Indoor Track
155 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth
The rubberized floor makes for comfortable walking; 12 laps equal one mile.
Fees: Residents over age 60: $9 per month/$108 per year; non-residents over age 60: $18/month, $216/year; drop-ins welcome for fee.
More info: 603-427 1548