Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health. But a new study of postal workers in Scotland suggests that that number could be too conservative and that, to best protect our hearts, many of us might want to start moving quite a bit…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 22, 2017 at 4:38pm — No Comments
You too could have the heart and lungs of an athlete, all it takes is training. Heart muscle is much like any other, you can develop it with exercise. Top athletes increase the size of their heart by as much as 25 percent.
The chambers of athletes' hearts…Continue
Added by Scarlett Hilton on February 21, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments
No one would argue with me when I say that the most crucial type of exercise for the average person is aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, and bicycling.
Aerobic is a biological term that simply means "with oxygen". This is why people talk in…Continue
Added by Scarlett Hilton on February 2, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments
I'm in good shape and have a goal...will you help me? You may even say I'm too aggressive in the goal if that is what you believe but please, some radical believers are always most welcome to comment. The tips on this site are pretty good. Distance walking is challenging to find info.
My goal is to walk 20 or more miles per day for 20 days in a row, or at least 20 out of 30 days. In a one month period I want to cover 400 miles. 20 out of 30 days means walking 20…Continue
Added by James Smith on January 30, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments
You've probably heard that once you hit 40, it's all downhill when it comes to your weight.
That inexplicable force we call our metabolism does begin to grind a bit slower every year from age 30 onward.
Here's the good news: The rate at which your metabolism slows down is actually rather minimal. In reality, most weight gain that happens in midlife isn't the result of a slower metabolism at…Continue
Added by Nakis Pericleous on August 24, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments
Most of us have experienced the East Coast Greenway which cuts through the middle of New Jersey and piggybacks the great New York City Greenway along the Hudson. But the Greenway represents so much more. As we extend our walks beyond our home turfs, its easy to see its vastness and promise. Here's a great article…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 29, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments
Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes. The incidence of diabetes was also lowest in the most walkable neighborhoods. Conclusion: Walking, cycling and public transit rates were much higher in walkable neighborhoods,” she said, “and that leads to better health outcomes.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Nicholas Kristof, the famous intrepid reporter for the New York Times, just wrote a piece on why he continues to take hikes with his family and the benefit of unplugging in today's fast-paced life. Worth the read and the reminder of why we do what we do, even if we aren't always conscious of its benefits.Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Although it isn't a Freewalkers walk, nor a actually even a walk, I did want to invite yous to join me at Cheesequake State Park in NJ from Sunday 6/26 to Saturday 7/2 on an American Hiking Society volunteer vacation doing hiking trail maintenance. More information is available below …Continue
Added by Ian Hochstead on May 2, 2016 at 5:53pm — No Comments
GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Kevin Shane, a Jersey City resident has devoted much of his free time over the past year to researching and developing a fanciful plan for a span that would enable commuters and tourists to bike or walk between downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. It would be more than a mile long and would rise more than 200 feet above the river.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments
Women can compete on an equal footing with men on walking long distances. So says the ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek "The gender gap diminishes and disappears over distance. When you’re traveling over 2,000 miles, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Superhuman powers are superhuman powers; they know no gender, no…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2015 at 4:09pm — No Comments
Check out the FreeWalkers in a national article on Long Distance Walking. The author provides a great story and photos of our experience, and background information. It includes information on another association with similar methods and goals called the LDWA based in England. We're getting nice…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 27, 2015 at 2:43pm — No Comments
Most FreeWalkers know of Michael Helbing and his Metrotrails organization that tackle challenging, unique and off-beat trails around New Jersey. And. if you know Michael you know he has a singular passion of walking the entire perimeter of New Jersey. A lot of that is coast and good deal is difficult to access.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.
Research volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments
Research has shown that even people who say they hate to exercise or have repeatedly fallen off the exercise wagon can learn to enjoy it and stick with it. "Health" is not an optimal way to make physical activity relevant and compelling enough for most people. Better are immediate rewards…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
a great walk. great leader, well mapped out/planned out. a great group of people. should be an annual event. all walks should end in city island The Bronx never looked better.
Too many people think you have to exercise really, really hard to get a benefit, and nothing could be further from the truth. You're actually getting probably 95 percent or more of the benefits when you're walking as compared to jogging." this according to Tim Church, physician and exercise…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 24, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments
According to a couple new long term studies it appears even a small amount of regular exercise, like walking, greatly improves longevity But how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount? It appears there is a sweet spot and may be more than normally recommended. …Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Here's some interesting advice for all who sit for long periods and don't mind walking.
You've probably heard recently that sitting is getting a bad rap these days for its inactivity leading to problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Studies now show that take just a two minute walk each hour, rather than even standing up, has a more beneficial outcome. Why not walk around the office just for your own personal benefit?…Continue