Sunday, May 29, 2011

Walk Faster - Live Longer

Great article by Ellen Warren of the Chicago Tribune.  In the story, she references a study from the National Academy of Sciences that found that regular walking improved the ability of older citizens to remember things, which is quite interesting as we all get older eventually.  (But don't wait till your memory fails to start walking!)

She also delivers some other interesting facts that really define walking as a valid form of exercise, something that I already know based on my 70 pound weight loss, which helps to reinforce the grand scheme of things to those in the ranks of the doubters.  

I cringe when I watch people who are grossly out of shape try to take up running on Day 1, only to end up with no Day 2 because of the intense physical pain and discomfort.  There is a lot to be said for the old adage "you have to walk before you can run."  I encourage everyone to consider walking, especially fast walking over running, because you can do it anywhere, anytime.

Yesterday I did a 4.5 mile session in 64 minutes and enjoyed every minute of it.  (My grand total for the entire day was 8 miles). Walking works and it's easy to get started - but don't shoot for my numbers, go with what works for you, then build from there.

Today I'm headed over to Wrightsville Beach (NC) for a 6 mile walk - drawbridge to south end to Johnny Mercer's Pier and back to the drawbridge.  Piece of cake!

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