Take the Pledge I have been working on finishing my thesis paper on the San Francisco Walking Kit. I probably know more about walking for health and wellness than I never knew 5 years ago when I embarked on that research, I have a love hate relationship with my research because I was not a walker before I started the study of 40 individuals, but now I probably walk everyday because of all the benefits of walking. As an athlete, I always have concentrated on performance; how to run my fastest mile even if it’s mile 15, or how to hold a yoga pose, or how fast can I race the Terrible Two Double century. Really, in order to be healthy, I don’t have to be the fastest. In order to have a better quality of life, I do need to exercise regularly. So do you! The more reading I have done on the subject about walking; I see that our problem as a society is not that we are not walking is that we are not moving at all.
Not moving enough during the day is a HUGE problem for the future of our civilization. (Another subject that I am currently working on is plant-based nutrition, they both go hand in hand) There are two issues that we need to address as a society: 1. Incorporate physical activity in schools, 5 days a week from kindergarten to universities. 2. We need to find ways to walk to work, school and around the neighborhood.
Here are two simple ways to get started:
- Park ONE mile away from your destination and WALK to work or school.
- Three times a week invite a family member or a friend or a co-worker to join you for a 30 minute walk.
As an exercise physiologist, I am shocked by the alarming rates of increased heart disease, strokes, obesity and other ailments because of inactivity. I can guarantee that you do not want to be another statistic in the documentation of the American Heart Society. You can do something to improve your health outcome. This time you can have control of your exercise and diet by simply giving yourself a little bit more time to take care of yourself by walking and eating better. You don’t need to run a marathon or complete a triathlon, all you need is 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
During my research I came across this website and you could listen to this 30 minute documentary while you go for a walk 🙂