I have blogged about the merits of walking before and about the many excuses why I do not do it. (Click on “WALK FOR LIFE” in the TAG CLOUD).
A brisk walk everyday is an easy step on the health ladder. It costs nothing. There are no gym membership fees. No marathons to walk. No preparations to make. No expeditions to take. Just 15 minutes a day and you extend your life by 1.8 years!
This is recent research by Harvard University no less. They studied 600,000 people and broadly concluded that the more physical activity you do, the better you are.
This is hardly revolutionary. It is just good common sense. So why don’t so many of us follow this advice? For most of my working life, I jumped in the car to go to work, sat down for the day at work, jumped back in the car to go home and then flopped in front of the TV for the evening. That is a lifestyle so many of the people in the western world have adopted. Activity and recreation is squeezed into the weekend.
The good news is that in retirement it need not be like that. We can all find 15 minutes for a walk.
SO, GET OFF THAT SOFA, TURN OFF THE T.V., GET OUT IN THE FRESH AIR AND WALK.