Sherry A. Phillips

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Walk Your Way to Health and Happiness

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Yesterday Dr. Andrew Weil posted a link to an article on walking. Along with the article, he said he recommends people start walking 30 minutes a day, three days a week and work up to 45 minutes a day, every day.

I started running 2 years ago with the Couch to 5k program and have really enjoyed my runs. However, the more I read about longevity and what those who have lived longest are doing, the more I am reconsidering running as opposed to walking.

Most of the people who live to a ripe old age are not out running marathons and participating in Iron Man triathlons. They are walking, gardening and remaining active in their daily lives.

From the NY Times:

Countless epidemiological studies have found a strong correlation between physical activity in advanced age and a longer, healthier life. But such studies can’t prove that exercise improves older people’s health, only that healthy older people exercise.

Other small-scale, randomized experiments have persuasively established a causal link between exercise and healthy aging. But the scope of these experiments has generally been narrow, showing, for instance, that older people can improve their muscle strength with weight training or their endurance capacity with walking.

I like to take my children with me on my runs and we can have conversations, but not as much as when we take walks together. One of the comments a lady made in the article was that she “likes to gossip” while out walking with her friends. That’s a Blue Zone component as well and hits the social aspect of the longevity formula.

Are you willing to start a walking program for a better life?

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