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I walk every chance I get.

  • Mar 28, 2010
For as long as I can remember I have loved to walk.  Even when I was a young man I never cared much for running or jogging.  For one thing, I always found running to be very hard on my feet, ankles and knees.  Likewise, I lacked the wind and physical stamina to either run or jog for more than a few minutes at a time.  I found that walking was more my speed

When I was in my late 30's I weighed somewhere in the vicinity of 230 pounds.  One day I made up my mind that I was going to take off much of that excess weight as possible using a two-pronged approach--substantially reducing my caloric intake and walking 10 miles per day. The strategy worked like a charm.  Over a period of three or four months I reduced my weight to around 185 lb.  This was a weight I found that I could easily maintain and now more than 20 years later I am still at or below that weight.  And I continue to walk whenever I can.  For example, I work very close to a bicycle path. Three or four days a week I spend 35 or 40 minutes of my lunch break strolling down that path. There is nothing like fresh air, sunshine and a brisk walk to counteract the drab and stuffy cubicle that I occupy for the remainder of the day.  Saturday is errand day and because of where we live I am able to do the vast majority of my errands on foot and usually do.  We live within a half mile or so of a supermarket, the drug store, our bank, a hardware store and the post office.  Very convenient!   Sometimes I deliberately break up my errands so I have a reason to walk even more. 

FInally, on days off there is a good chance you will find my wife and I off  hiking in the woods or walking along the beach.  And the best thing about it is that other than the gas you use to get to these places it does not cost you a dime.  My time spent walking also doubles as my thinking time and I have found that I usually make better decisions when I have thought a problem through during a quiet walk.  Walking is such a basic and simple activity but as I have pointed out I find there are a whole host of reasons why I continue to enjoy and benefit from it so much.    Very highly recommended!
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March 28, 2010
Good on you, Paul. Nice essay! Walking is far and away the easiest and most effective first step to life long fitness and weight control. Couldn't agree more.
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review by . May 25, 2011
Walking is that simple, basic, everyday human function in which you place one foot in front of the other in order to propel yourself forward. It's something that absolutely everyone who has ever lived knows how to do, and the VAST majority of the human population does it or at the very least has been capable of doing it in their lifetimes. It's useful as a means of transportation and exercise, especially if you have an eye out for the better welfare of both the environment and your bank account. …
Quick Tip by . October 26, 2010
It is my favorite form of locomotion. I wear a pedometer like I would a piece of treasured jewelry. No longer a step saver but a step taker inside, outside, all around. Of course add some music and the walking can get fun and a bit sassy and like MarySoderstrom says "You don't need a healthclub membership..."
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
You don't need a healthclub membership if you walked everywhere!
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Make sure you've got a good solid leash and plenty of poop bags when you're on a walk with your pup(s)
Quick Tip by . May 09, 2010
I generally walk two or more miles a day....a very healthy activity and one of my favorites.....great way to trim the waistline too!
Quick Tip by . May 08, 2010
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I usually take a walk once a day with my dog. She can go about a 1.5 miles and it's a nice way to get fresh air and relax.
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
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My favorite thing, ever. Miss doing it more before I moved to LA!
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
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I try to walk as often as I can. Bonus points for nice scenery & good people/animal watching!
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I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on I never could … more
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Walking (also called ambulation) is one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals, and is typically slower than running and other gaits. Walking is defined by an 'inverted pendulum' gait in which the body vaults over the stiff limb or limbs with each step. This applies regardless of the number of limbs - even arthropods with 6, eight or more limbs.

In humans and other bipeds, walking is generally distinguished from running in that only one foot at a time leaves contact with the ground and there is a period of double-support. In contrast, running begins when both feet are off the ground with each step. (This distinction has the status of a formal requirement in competitive walking events, resulting in disqualification at the Olympic level.) For quadrupedal species, there are numerous gaits which may be termed walking or running, and distinctions based upon the presence or absence of a suspended phase or the number of feet in contact any any time do not yield mechanically correct classification. The most effective method to distinguish walking from running is based on the percent of the stride in which a foot is in contact with the ground (averaged across all feet); defining a walk as greater than 50% contact corresponds well with identification of 'inverted pendulum' mechanics via force plate measurements.

The average human child achieves independent walking ability around 11 months old. The word walk is descended from the Old English wealcan "to roll".
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