Who said that American teens and adults are not fit? Go to your local mall and observe the thousands of walkers from all age group going up and down the malls and shopping centers of America!
Teens specially walk to be seen. They walk to hang out. They walk to their favorite stores and Starbucks which are located at most malls. Most importantly, they walk to shop at stores such as Macy's, Fitch and Abercrombie, Banana Republic, GottsChalks, J.C. Penney, and Gap etc. Walking may a by-product for many of them. What's clear is that whenever you place a group of teenagers in one place, something will happen. Whether it's good or bad, something will be initiated.
While most adults walk the malls and shopping centers of America for health reasons, teenagers' zeal for shopping may be the magnet. As soon as the main doors are open, they get in. They will find most stores' doors closed. That is not a deterrence to them. They just want to take advantage of the relative quietness of this huge enclosed space. They don't worry about security issues because most malls have their own security systems. They don't have to worry about umbrellas if it's raining outside. All they need is a pair of great sneakers, tennis shoes with good soles. Whether it's 112 degrees outside or 45 degrees, they are in a great controlled environment. No worry about too much sun exposure especially for those who are taking some medications with sun ray-caused side-effects.
Some of the mall walkers are taking a class. For example, in Fresno, CA, the Manchester Mall Walkers is a class offered through Fresno Adult School from 6:30 to 7:30 am.
Adults develop fitness and fellowship over time. Teens become better window shoppers and develop friendship. In San Francisco, you will find out that more and more people walk to their destination. Walking, shopping and eating are activities that are very common in the Bay Area. The good thing is that the cool breeze from the bay is very inviting. Tourists and residents of SF get out to the stores just to browse, shop and get a good exercise.
For a long time, the Fig Garden Village shopping of Fresno used to attract a certain group of clientele. These consumers walk to all the boutiques. These days, anybody who has access to a ride can go to the new Riverpark Shopping center to walk. The layout and location of the stores compel the teens to walk from one store to the next. So if you don't have the heart to walk your neighborhood, you can blame your next shopping spree on your desire to walk your local malls.
Ashley, Jasmine, and Cass are three teens who always get their parents to take them to Fresno's Fashion Fair to walk and shop. They join hordes of other teenagers and young adults who crowd the mall searching for the perfect prom and quincenera outfits.
Graduation times bring lots of shopping teens and parents out to the local malls. If they can't find the right quincenera dress, they will go to special boutiques. Or they may resort to some fashion catalogs. More importantly, allpromdresses.blogspot.com and quinceneradresses.blogspot.com may be their online guides too.
What's in it for mall operators and store owners?
Lots of money. Lots of visitors who can turn their furtive looks into revenue. All the more reasons for them to be right at your mall's main doors in the morning!
Come April and May, kids who are shopping for their graduation ceremony gowns and/or dresses will take over the malls floors. Get ready to watch your steps.