A group of mall walkers in The Shops at Iverson in Maryland, in 2011

Mall walking is a form of exercise in which people walk or jog through the usually long corridors of shopping malls as a substitute for a running track or other walking venue. Many malls open early so that people may mall walk; stores and other such facilities generally do not open at this time, though vending machine concessions are available. Many choose to mall walk as the indoor climate is comfortable, secure, and there is easy access to amenities, such as benches, toilets, Wi-Fi for fitness tracking and media access, and water fountains. Others are attracted to mall walking strictly for the opportunity to spectate other visitors of the mall. Clean and level surfaces also provide a safe walking environment.[1]

Mall walking is undertaken individually, in groups, or as part of an organized mall walking program.[2] Mall walking in the United States is especially popular amongst senior citizens. Many mall walkers cite the camaraderie of walking in groups.[1]

In popular culture

Mall walking was featured in the television show Better Call Saul on episode "Fall".[3]


  1. ^ a b Perry, Georgia (2015-09-21). "Mall Walkers: The Suburban Exercisers Keeping America Wholesome". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  2. ^ Belza B; Allen P; Brown DR; Farren L; Janicek S; Jones DL; King DK; Marquez DX; Miyawaki CE; Rosenberg D (2015). Mall walking: A program resource guide (PDF) (Report). University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ June 12, Dan Snierson; EDT, 2017 at 11:08 PM. "'Better Call Saul' Creator Says 'This is the Worst Thing I've Ever Seen Jimmy Do'". EW.com. Retrieved 2022-05-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)