Vegas - The Walk of Pain (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

I've been to Vegas once before. But I guess I had forgotten how much walking you do. Glad to know there are some benefits to go along with the blisters I got.


When you think of Las Vegas, what comes to mind? Gambling, bright lights, casinos, shows, etc. I thought of all of that as I headed there last week. But I had forgotten something important.
First of all – let me say this. I never had plans to workout. A. I was supposed to be on vacation. And B. I’m cheap. The big casinos charge a pretty good fee to use their gyms. It just didn’t matter enough to me to workout on vacation and have to PAY to do it!
But it turns out, I got a workout anyway… because we walked everywhere. That’s what I had forgotten about Vegas. If you want to see the other casinos, you walk there. And despite the fact that the casinos appear close together (some of them actually are connected), each hotel is actually quite a distance away from the others. And if you want to cross the strip… argh! Even more walking!
Despite the written whining you’re reading right now, I was (for the most part) happy to walk around and sight-see. And I knew I was burning off all the calories from the buffet line!
And when I got home and was feeling the intense burning of the blisters on my feet, I decided to reacquaint myself with some of the other benefits of walking. The Mayo Clinic says walking can also lower your blood pressure, lower your bad cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol and improve your mood! (So THAT’S why I was happy to sight-see!) These are obviously all good things.
We also saved a ton of money by hoofing it, instead of taking a cab. And let’s be honest – there are plenty of ways to blow money in Vegas. There’s nothing wrong with saving some cash where you can!
And to be fair, the blisters weren’t really just because I was walking. They happened because I was walking in inappropriate shoes. I’m woman enough to admit it.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I went to Vegas for the Miss America pageant to watch my friend Melaina compete as Miss Colorado. When I thought about attending Miss America, I knew I’d have to dress cute. It’s a fairly fancy affair. There are lots of sequined gowns and sparkles – and I’m not talking about just the gals on stage. The audience comes dressed to the nines too! That means cute shoes. BUT there’s only so much room in a suitcase for cute shoes AND functional shoes… so, I went with cute shoes. And I am paying for it now. I’ve got a handful of dime-sized blisters that I’m trying to recover from. (As evidenced by the pic below of me carrying my shoes on my way to Miss America.)
So next time, I’ll be sure to bring proper shoes. And I’ll also bring a pedometer. I would have LOVED to see how many steps I was taking every day during our sight-seeing. It’s just nice to know I got a few health benefits out of my trip as well. Guess I’ll have to go back again.


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