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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, Many different aspects of exercise are thought to affect how much we like working out. But in general, most experts agree that a workout’s intensity and its duration have the greatest influence…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 25, 2017 at 4:52pm — No Comments

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

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 study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

NY Times…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 25, 2017 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Can $100,000 Buy You a Piece of Walking History?

In its upcoming Rare Watches and American Icons auction in New York City, Christie’s will feature a Cartier Tank watch that was owned by—and was a firm favorite of—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The gold watch features the engraving: “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” According to Christie’s, the…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2017 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target?

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on March 22, 2017 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Walking: Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

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…

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Added by Scarlett Hilton on February 2, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

Preparing for the long walk

Greetings:

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…

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Added by James Smith on January 30, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism

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…

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Added by Nakis Pericleous on August 24, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

The East Coast Greenway - a Path for the Entire East Coast

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on June 29, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Obesity and Diabetes Rates

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.…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Kristof on Why We Walk

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.

Read NYTimes May 26, 206…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Another event...

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 …

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Added by Ian Hochstead on May 2, 2016 at 5:53pm — No Comments

GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

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 …

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Added by Paul Kiczek on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Liberty Bridge: Pipedream or Future Reality?

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.…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

On the Longest Hiking Trails, a Woman Finds Equal Footing

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2015 at 4:09pm — No Comments

It's Not Hiking: The Patient Practice of Long Distance Walking

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 27, 2015 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Michael Helbing is About to Be the First Person to Walk the Perimeter of New Jersey

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.…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Best Reasons to Exercise: Greater Energy, Better Mood, Less Stress and More Connections

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

bronx coast to coast walk

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.

Added by bruce dain on July 20, 2015 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on June 24, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Recent Events

Roebling Ramble 

June 17, 2017 - This event combined the history of the Roebling family (built the Brooklyn Bridge and many others) and their rise and fall and the town they created that represented an immigrant's dream 100-years ago.

Our 34 FreeWalkers continued another 13 miles to Trenton to experience a unique festival called Art All Night which offered a huge stage to experience live visual and audio art along with caravan of food trucks for 24-hours straight. The entire day was a unique and interesting experience in history and art.

Hudson River Loop 

June 10, 2017 - It turned out to be a great day for a great event. Our largest event yet with 125 participants. Many making it all the way to the end of 30-miles. If there was any particular challenge it was the heat building up but with some breeze to help as it reached the mid-80s.

This year to accommodate more challengers we expanded the support providing improved signage and a support stop near the GWB. Our thanks to the Hudson River Walkway Conservancy, East Coast Greenway, Shorewalkers and Metrotrails for helping make this a huge success for FreeWalkers and our United Walking effort.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

The Big Walk 2017

May 20, 2017 - Rain at the crack of dawn did nothing to stop 40+ FreeWalkers' at this 8th annual premier long distance event. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, mostly, and we had 11 finish the maximum 50-miles.

The walk from Metropark station to Penn Station NYC is a diverse challenge with many obstacles which draw the best of our long distance walkers.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

Between Walk 2017

April 15, 2017 - With a good temps but overcast skies 23. FreeWalkers walked the 12 miles from New Brunswick to Metropark station. This year's events included a new free bagel stop at Ruthie's in Highland Park and a great personal tour of the newly renovated Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park.

Jack Shi's Excellent Adventure

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Photos here

Great Canal Walk 2017

April 8, 2017 - It was a beautiful day for a walk with a taste of spring. FourWalkers walked the 40 miles from Trenton and 29 walkers favored the shorter, yet challenging 28 miles from Princeton to New Brunswick.

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Photos here

Spring Ahead 2017

March 19, 2017 - Eight FreeWalkers walked the 12-miles from Trenton to Princeton on a day when winter would not let go. Snow covered trail and cold temps slowed down the trek but sun and good spirits were plentiful. 

See photos here

Roosevelt Island/Astoria 2017

March 4, 2017 - About 40 braved the mid-teens and walked across town to the tram. We explored the island and the FDR 4 Freedoms Monument and park. Eventually crossing the bridge to Queens for some middle-eastern sights, smells and tastes. Ending it all at the famous Czech Beer Hall. 

See photos here

See survey results here

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk 2017

February 4, 2017 - An event for history buffs and hardcore walkers. Our 4th walk along the C&O Canal in Maryland and West Virginia - just like Bobby Kennedy did in 1963. Chilly weather did not dampen the can-do spirit of 50 fellow walkers at our grand annual event.

Learn more>>
See photos here
See survey results here

TRAINing Walk 2017

January 28, 2017 - It's mid-winter and 75 hearty walkers show up at the Morristown train station. This year we went West to East and ended in a cozy bar called Coda. Special kudos to Madison Honda for their hospitatlity.

See photos here
See the survey results here.

Midnight March on Princeton


January 7, 2017 - The Midnight March was our first all-night walking event and first event for the new year. Six brave FreeWalkers played wannabe soldiers and stayed with the troops into battle.at daybreak.
Read the entire story here
See photos here

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Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights


December 16, 2016 - About a dozen FreeWalkers braved extreme cold and outmaneuvered rabid fans of the famous Brooklyn neighborhood. Thanks to Nakis Pericleous for leading us to the holiday kingdom.
See photos here

South Orange - Maplewood Walk & Year-end Party


December 4, 2016 - There were 35 FreeWalkers walking the grand and historic neighborhoods of South Orange and Maplewood followed by our year-end party and awards. Thanks to Risa Olinsky and David Ascher for a great day for a walk, celebration party and a start of the holiday season..
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Gobble-Gobble for MEND


November 25, 2016 - A crowd of about 40 walked off some turkey and at the same time helped the unfortunate in our communities by supporting MEND of Essex County - a food-bank charity that we support. Gobble-Gobble Walkers were asked to bring food and/or donate to help the hungry.
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Stroll & Roll - Union County


November 6, 2016 - Familes and FreeWalkers enjoyed a great fall day in Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ as we got about 200 participants strolling and rolling. Kids had as much fun as adults enjoying the games, mild temps and colorful leaves on our first-ever family walking event. Thank you sponsors and Risa Olinsky and Yohana Osorio for organizing!
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Philadelphia Marathon Walk

October 30, 2016 - Charles Upkike led about 20 FreeWalkers along the route of the Philadelphia Marathon, know for its scenery - especially this time of year.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Walk

October 30, 2016 - Rick Mohovich led about a dozen FreeWalkers around the Tarrytown area in a walk that passed through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery of Wahington Irving fame.

Tour of Brooklyn - Coney Island


October 29, 2016 - 25 FreeWalkers walked from the New City waterfront to Coney Island on our annual tour of a different section of Brooklyn each year. Always popular and interesting, we enjoyed great weather and scenery as we walked the greenway trail, including under the Verrazano Bridge. Thanks leader Nancy Jonap!
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Autumn on the Delaware Series


October 20-23, 2016 - Four consecutive days, 120 miles. Walking from York PA to Frenchtown. FreeWalkers walked in support of Jim Gregoire, a FreeWalker and man on a mission to walk the entire US East Coast. Charles Updike, FreeWalkers PA Regional director organized this series of walk to keep him company and provide a great reason to visit the Delaware River area.
See photos here

Sailung Nepal Trek


October 3-16, 2016 - Two weeks trekking te foothills of the Himalayas. Sydney Frymire of Trek of Your Life (TOYL), a FreeWalker and experienced hiker and traveler organizes trips to Nepal which include a bit of volunteerism and plenty of incredible sights.
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Lenape 34


October 10, 2016 - On Columbus Day each year we brave the wilds of Essex County and travel through five reservations, 8 parks a dozen or so towns as we walk from Millburn to Cedar Grove, Montclair and Newark as we follow the Lenape Trail for 34 miles in our most diverse walk.
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Endless Summer Walk


September 24, 2016 - Once again we tried our best to hold on to summer and made a 30-mile trek along the bayshore and oceanside from Matawan to Sandy Hook to Asbury Park. Great conditions again this year for a beautiful walk and one of our most popular.
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Tour of Boston

September 17, 2016 - Fran Price, our FreeWalker leader in Boston, put together a great tour of the highlights of Boston. We walked from South Boston to Copley Square, mostly following the water and the historic trail.
See photos here

Providence - Boston Expedition

Providence to Boston July 23 to July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy have finished thier 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA.

Read Loredana's story on why she walks the expedition each year.

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

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