Today's New York Times Urban Athlete section reminds us that its OK to continue exercising even when it gets cold. While they spotlight interesting walks around NYC, there are plenty of other places too that are interesting and inviting all around us in the wintertime.
I know it's easy to cancel a walk when…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death. Research noted in a recent BMJ article compared how well various drugs and exercise succeed in reducing deaths among people who have been diagnosed with several common and serious conditions, including heart disease and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 11, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
The National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information have been tracking thousands of middle-age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Among their findings is that walking is the most popular physical activity in America.
Exercise guidelines generally suggest that for health purposes, people should…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"We congregated at zero dark thirty on Teddy Roosevelt Island — right in front of the monument,...The route was to start on TR…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
Just finished planning a six mile Saturday morning stroll through the newly built trails at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. I walked it last evening at sunset. Exceptionally beautiful. No free music, however.
Added by Ray Smith on October 30, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
Just want to pass on a precautionary note to all my fellow walkers. Since I was not able to complete the entire Lenape walk, I have been going on smaller sections to complete the 34 miles. I started my leg at the Mountain Avenue train station walking towards Penn Station. It was still daylight. I was on the East Coast Greenway about 2 miles from reaching Penn Station when I was attacked by 3 youths. I was fortunate that nothing was broken or severely injured. The back pack helped shield…Continue
Physical activity, and in particular walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. In…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 9, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments
Interesting article on how one city walker sees things. Over the past four years, William Helmreich, a sixty-seven-year-old professor of sociology at CUNY, has walked almost every street in New York City: a hundred and twenty thousand blocks, or about six thousand miles. He’s written a book about the effort called “…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 7, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments
Neither swimming nor cycling is especially good for bones — at least, not the ones most susceptible to fracture. That’s what researchers have found when they measured bone mineral density in young athletes who swim or cycle, and even in some who run. They respond better to exercise that involves forceful muscle…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
Four of the five top-ranked female distance race walkers in the world are from Saransk, 320 miles southeast of Moscow. Recently, up to 9 of the top 12 female 20-kilometer race walkers were from here until the Chinese started seeing an opportunity to take away some medals and glory in time for the upcoming Olympics.
Today, in International Association of…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
The old port town of Highlands, NJ at the base of Sandy Hook is low lying and took a beating when the Raritan Bay surged during Hurricane Sandy. Town officials are considering a nearly $200 million project to lift the entire downtown 11 feet above its current elevation. In their vision, not only would every residential or commercial front door go up at least 10…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Delaware has seen a spike in pedestrian injuries and deaths in recent years. Soon, officers will be patrolling areas with high risk for pedestrian-involved crashes, looking for pedestrians who are at risk. Those risk factors include not crossing at a crosswalk or signaled intersection, walking at night without reflective clothing or flashlight, or walking while…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
There's a lot of FreeWalker spirit in Edie Sundby's video and story.
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Mayor Bloomberg has his eye on one more idea before his term comes to an end to help make NYC a healthy city. The idea is to make the staircase a more prominent part in the design of a new building or retrofitting an old staircase to ensure that it stays open, clean and well lighted. The idea is to remind people that there is an option to using the…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments
On May 23rd this year, another 50-mile walk took place in honor of John F. Kennedy, as it has for many years. This one did not take place in the U.S. but in Ireland. FreeWalker, Jim Magner, who lives in the D.C. area, could not make our 50-Mile Kennedy Walk in February and instead chose to walk this with hundreds others along the beautiful countryside. Here's his account…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 16, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments
What do you do when in a country where highs top 100 degrees Fahrenheit for six months of the year and getting anyone to go out and walk, let alone do outdoor sports, is a lost cause. In the country of Qatar, said to be first-richest in the world and sixth-fattest,…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 8, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments
The WalkNYC initiative is a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs. In a city where an estimated 30 percent of all trips are made by foot. A special design group created an information-packed map to help orient and direct pedestrians to other interesting areas in the city.
The first of these new information…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 2, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments
In three small cities in the region, Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville, city officials have initiated a series of morning walks. The walks are popular with residents trying to improve their health. The community walks were launched in 2011 by Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount. He says he was moved to…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 2, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments
Here's an interesting article summarizing some findings when comparing what is a better form of exercise. There are clear winners in some situations but the best take on this is that both forms of exercise show substantial value in maintaining health.
Running seems to have a clear advantage in bringing…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 30, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments