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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on April 17, 2010 at 7:00 am
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5 Tips for Putting Your Best Foot Forward at Disney

A leisurely stroll through the park… those words do anything but describe a day at one of the Disney Resort theme parks.¬† While it is true you can take your time walking, according to The Fitness Motivator, on average a guest¬†at a Walt¬†Disney World Resort (map)¬†can walk 10 miles in a day.

Seem hard to imagine?  Consider this- the walk from the main entrance of the Magic Kingdom to Space Mountain is 0.5 miles.  So if you walk to the attraction to pick up a FastPass and back later to ride, you have walked one mile for one attraction.

Even a walk around the World Showcase at Epcot¬†can log 1.5 miles on your pedometer.¬† With all the scenery, food stops and attractions, guests often don’t realize just how much they are walking.¬†

Your feet, however, notice every step.  So just how can you put your best foot forward on a Disney day avoiding pain and injury?

  1. Get in shapeРmove the family off the couch and walk , building up the distance, a little each day.  Load up your IPods with tunes from your favorite Disney stars to get you moving, or use this time to talk about the attractions you want to see.  The exercise will not only be good for everyone, it will also get the family more excited and motivated for the trip. 
  2. Throw fashion out the window and invest in some good walking shoes.  Those flip-flops might look great with your outfit, but offer little support causing back and foot pain. Wear new shoes on your daily walks to make sure they are well broken in before your trip.  It is better to find out they are uncomfortable while you are still at home, than to be at the park with blisters and aching feet.
  3. Map¬† your course¬† — take a few minutes to look at the map of the theme park you will be visiting¬†and decide the attractions you want to see, and head to that section.¬† Plan to see all the attractions you want in that area before moving on to the next section.¬† By plotting your course, this will help eliminate the zig-zagging back and forth through the park adding unnecessary steps.
  4. Bring, borrow or rent a stroller — yes,¬†your children¬†may be old enough, but this much walking is tiring on anyone, let alone those small little legs and feet.¬† Dragging or coaxing a tired youngster to keep moving is no fun for anyone, and after all isn’t that why you are here?
  5. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

With all this extra walking it is likely that you have burned off a 1,000 calories so there is no need to feel guilty if you stop at one of the snack or frozen treat stand you pass along the way.

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