“The More you Walk”

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.

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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.

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4 Responses to “The More you Walk”

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  2. davidwfreeman237 says:

    Interesting? Yesterday in the british press- The Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, both on their inside pages had articles about alzhmiers, and how not only mental stimuli, but physical dexterity and activity ( Sewing, knitting painting, walking, exercise etc!) helped in some form or another to delay the onset of Alzhmiers, and both activities brought comfort to the individual suffer and those who where carers and loved ones. No panecea for old age? although in each paper the onset of alzhmeirs was diagnosed in the mid 50’s for the patients quoted in each case..
    It made uncomfortable reading, and together with seniel dementia/ may frighten you as what is going to become of each of us and our families?
    By the way Alzhimiers? what is the definition of the ailment? I get caught up with senile dementia. Is one a desease of old age, and the other the onset of premature old age? The symptoms to the untrained eye and mind are very similar, and the treatments very similar such as familar surroundings, attentive and familar loved ones and carers, plenty of routine, and good habits, that one may be or were taught as a youngster at your mothers lap. Love in the family and a good general education before one is aged 9 appears to be the key to all this? One cannot reach old age and be ingrained with a new proceedure or habits? It takes a life time? So be kind and gentle to those who one meets: children, family and friends, and in some case aquiantances, remember a smile is free to give and if returned gives immense pleasure even if you are in your dotage??? Remember to smile with those eyes of yours!!!

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