I love to walk. And I love to walk outdoors, even when the weather is less than inviting. I own a treadmill, but to me it’s not the same. And indeed it is not. While the movement seems to be the same, there are many significant differences which make walking outdoors the better option if all else is equal.
School’s back in session & that means more sitting for a population that needs to move to be mentally & physically healthy! Have you been keeping your kids active this summer? If so, you may be concerned about how to keep that up now. Students need at least 60 minutes a day of movement. If your student is not in involved in a sport where are some ways to keep them active. Get them outside, turn the TV off , start the day off with a stretch. We are the only mammals that don't do that! Animals actively stretch automatically when they get up.
Active Aging and Nordic Walking are a Perfect Fit.Put the spring back into your step or the power back into your walk. Active Aging Nordic Walking is suitable for older adults that like the challenge of moderate to intense fitness walking, as well as older adults with medical conditions for which the Nordic Walking Poles can help compensate for (e.g. MS, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, joint replacements and joint pain, beginning balance or mobility problems, and more…).
I work with a lot of runners and we debate this topic a lot. Some people who run as their primary mode of exercise feel that if they go for a long walk, it isn't really exercise, some feel it is. And I respond to both groups, walking is better than nothing!
If your walk raises your heart rate higher than your normal resting heart rate, than it is considered exercise.
If you are taking a walk at a nice slow pace with the intention of just getting up to move around for a few minutes, that is considered a easy form of exercise.
It might be a trip to the big city for a business conference or an adventure around the world. No matter what kind of trip it is, one thing is certain. Our normal routines get completely thrown out the window when travelling. Here are some tips that can help.
Volunteering is an important part of my life. I started volunteering at a young age. My first gig was with the San Antonio Whitte Museum as junior chaperone for the Night with Egyptian Mummies sleepover. Since then I’ve broaden my scope of volunteer activities to include animal shelters, camp for mentally challenged children and hospitals.
I will be taking a trip of a lifetime soon to Italy! I have been there before, when I bicycled from Venice to Florence and it was time to go back. This time I will be walking everyday, up and down hill towns, cobblestone streets, and carrying a back pack. I have rediscovered my passion for photography and so will be carrying camera equipment with me.
The other day I went out to walk my dog around the neighborhood, as I am wont to do. It being early April the signs of incipient spring were very apparent: crocuses, buds, warmer air, the last piles of snow under the shrubberies gone, landscaping trucks dotting the roads, and more people out walking. One of the nice things about walking is not just where the legs take you, but where the mind goes. In this case I was thinking about my college days at a school in a highly urban environment, and the prodigious amount of walking I did.