A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 15, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments
If you think 50 miles, or even 20, is a long way to walk you will need to reset your idea of the possibilities after reading this article. Appearing recently in the New York Times Magazine, it tells of one woman's solitary journey in some of the most forbidding and challenging places on the planet - just for her own personal discovery.
If this sounds familiar to you - "You tell people what you’re doing, and they say,…Continue
Here's an interesting article on the association of walking with thinking and writing. It's a unique activity that stimulates the creativity in us while keeping our mind and bodies healthy. Watch for more interesting angles on walking. This stuff just may get popular again!
What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments
Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.
The results, …Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there's something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think.
"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but it leaves great…Continue
The path will be made of a rubberized surface and provide park goers with a formal and safe trail through the Northern Division of Branch Brook Park, which…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Walking generally improves thinking skills, both immediately and in the longer term. Multiple studies have shown better memory and executive functions after walking. Now, a test at Stanford is showing that it also improves creativity. Need a good new idea, go for a walk.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 30, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments
Hello all you good walker-talkers, I just received great news from my friend, Ad Van Der Loo: We now have families to host us while staying in Sittard for the 50-miler on Easter weekend. "They will also provide transport from and to the railway station in Sittard and to and from the walk's start at the Stadssporthal on 19 April . . . offer you a breakfast and - if you like - appropriate meals." We also have the flexibility of arriving earlier or leaving a day later. All for…Continue
Added by Ray Smith on March 17, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
In America’s urban centers and rural areas, walkability is becoming a hot topic. Both the public and public leaders are recognizing the way in which pedestrian-friendly policies and infrastructure can help spur economic…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Hello “all of you good walkers and talkers,”
It’s been a good first six months for the DC FreeWalkers, highlighted by our two Kennedy namesake efforts. We just had our 2nd annual Kennedy Walk. Our first annual Kennedy March took place exactly 50 years after JFK’s death. On Veterans’ Day , this year, it will become the JFK-Vet March and acknowledge the new…Continue
Added by Ray Smith on March 6, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments
The anthropologist David Raichlen and his team recently studied the movement patterns of one of the few remaining hunter/gatherer tribes, the Hazda tribe of Tanzania. They are still independent and subsist on hunting and gathering food by…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments
Martin Luther King, Jr. is inextricably linked to our FreeWalker Kennedy Walk legacy efforts. His dedicatedly unique life is saluted annually at the MLK Holiday Parade and Peace-Walk, which also commemorates the freedom rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
The event starts at the United Black Fund, crosses the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and ends at Shepherd Park. https://maps.google.com/
It is free and all ages are…Continue
The New York Times's Travel Section interviewed Robert Macfarlane about his latest book in his trilogy of books on observing place, history and imagination. "The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot" is about walking the old trails that exist all over the world. They have connected people for centuries. In a way these trails were the…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Paul's timely feature posting of Justice Douglas' efforts to save the C&O Towpath reinforce the value of those staying at Lock House 6 on 7 February. There you will be "sleeping where [he] slept." By the way, his birthplace, Yakima, Washington is famed for it's lack of temperate weather. That's why we infantrymen who trained there burned-up in the daytime and deep-froze at night. Maybe this motivated Justice Douglas to leave and made him a good walker-talker in any weather? Our weather…Continue
The New York Times' writer James Barron recently wrote about a trek he took to Metlife Stadium. The walk was to see if anyone could get to the stadium by walking. The short answer appears to be no. According to the article, "The only way in will be through a security perimeter, and there will be nowhere to enter the security…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 30, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Hi, "All you good walkers and talkers." Some of you have expressed some interest in doing weekday walks, in addition to the weekend walks. Let me know of your interest, plus the places and times you prefer? Maybe we can alternate them between DC, VA and MD? We will also do a training or two on the C&O Canal Towpath to get you primed for the big one, eh? "Walk with me," Ray
Added by Ray Smith on December 22, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments
A warm welcome it is! Thank you! I look forward on walking with you, as well, a little-at-a-time! Yes, please pass my interests along to your friend for your new idea, which isn't on the calendar yet! This sounds like this is right up my alley!:)
Added by Joanne M. Scherff on December 22, 2013 at 8:58pm — No Comments
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