The American Kidney Fund’s Virtual Walk is limited only by your creativity! Whether you walk alone, Pair Up with a friend, form a team, or Pair Up virtually, you can help increase awareness of kidney disease and raise money to support the American Kidney Fund’s programs to fight kidney disease and help kidney patients.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas to get you started. Let us know where and when you’re walking, use your pedometer to count your steps, and be sure to send us your total steps along with a picture [to post on our Facebook page and/or webpage]. And don’t forget—because this walk is virtual, your team members can be anywhere in the country, or anywhere in the world.
REMEMBER: if you are not currently physically active, please check with your doctor before undertaking any new exercise.
City Shuffle. East side, west side, all around the town—pick a route and a goal for the number of steps you’ll walk. (It takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile.) How many miles will you walk? Wear your t-shirt to show you’re supporting the fight against kidney disease, and remember your pedometer!
Supermarket Sweep. Make grocery day your Virtual Walk day! Put on your t-shirt, walking shoes and pedometer. Walk up and down every aisle until you’ve walked a mile—and focus on putting healthy items in your cart! Have a giant warehouse store or superstore in your area? Even better!
Gym Jam. Do you have access to a gym or fitness center? Make your Virtual Walk a workout! Warm up with 2,000 steps on the treadmill or elliptical machine. Then continue your training on machines, with free weights, or an exercise class. Don’t forget to wear your t-shirt and drink water!
A Walk in the Park. Head over to your local park and hit the trails! Pick a day when you’ll enjoy being outdoors, and set a goal: distance, time or number of steps. Be sure to wear your t-shirt and pedometer and carry your sign!
Campus Circuit. If your campus is small, try walking around the perimeter. If your campus is very large, choose a destination: library, student commons, athletic field, etc. Wear your t-shirt and pedometer, and walk at least 2,000 steps.
See the Sites. What are the most recognizable landmarks in your community? Plan a course that takes you to one or more. Don’t forget to get a picture of yourself in front of each one!