SPOKANE, Wash. – The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day comes once a year, but one Spokane woman has made walking a part of her daily routine.
Lori Kinnear walks to and from work every day from her home on Spokane’s South Hill to City Hall where she works as a legislative aid. It’s a two-mile trek each direction, not to mention the major incline she navigates daily.
Kinnear hasn’t always walked to work, though. About two and a half years ago, it was stress that caused her to think up the idea. On a whim, she walked to work that day and she’s been doing it ever since.
“I got there, I was breathless, sweaty, tired and people were looking at me like, ‘Are you okay? You better sit down.’ And I realized, I needed to do this more often,” Kinnear said. “And from there, I never looked back. I just kept walking.”
Kinnear said it’s her preferred way to commute because you get to see things you would never see in a car.
“This morning, I saw wild turkeys on my way down the hill,” she said. “It’s always an adventure. It’s always something new to look at. It just improves your outlook on everything.”
As a bonus, Kinnear said she lost 20 pounds in her first six months of commuting on foot.
You can join Kinnear and the American Heart Association in a National Walking Day public walk on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Participants planned to meet at the clock tower at Riverfront Park.