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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

What's the Right Amount of Exercise?

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. …

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A 2-Minute Walk May Counter the Harms of Sitting

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?…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2015 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Walking

The New York Times has devoted its entire April 22 Magazine to walking. Lots of interesting stories about walking in the…

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Added by David M. Ascher on April 23, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

TED Talk: Life at 3 MPH

What if we all lived life at 3 mph? Jonathon Stalls has walked thousands of miles over the last few years in response to that question, including an across-country walk to raise support for Kiva.org. In this riveting talk, Jonathon asks us to question the design of our cities, and get out of the car, off the bike, and into a slower state of mind. Thanks to…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore?

In the late 1960s, nearly 50 percent of American children walked to and from school each day. In this short film produced by City Walk, experts discuss the decline of a once-common activity—and why it would still benefit children today. "Kids need to walk to school so they learn about active…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Communities Creating Their Own Trail Signs

It started as a technically illegal exercise in improving how people experience the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just some simple signs, lashed to light poles, at a few of the city’s key intersections, letting residents and visitors know what attractions and amenities could be found within walking distance and how many minutes it would take to reach them on…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Walk Hard but Walk Easy too

Intense, interval-style workouts are all the rage in fitness these days. The theory is that brief bouts of very hard exercise have been shown to improve the health and fitness with just minutes of suffering each week.

Such efficiency is alluring, but high-intensity interval training…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.

It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive.

In a recent study,…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 22, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

Hiking the Perimeter of New Jersey

Ok. We FreeWalkers hike across the state every year. And, many people think that's crazy. But, we've never gone around a state.

Michael Helbing, founder of Metrotrails has his sites on walking the perimeter of the state. Mike has completed over 100 hikes along the state border and has 18 more planned in 2015 that will…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

Who knew that Los Angeles could be a pedestrian friendly place.

In fact, the City of West Hollywood’s marketing arm posted “Walkable WeHo” tours on its website after being named the most walkable city in California by Walk Score. There are…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Another Great Lenape Adventure

Greg van Inwegen of the Upper Montclair Hiking Group, tells of an adventure on the Lenape Trail on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This was a cold, windy and wet day where even the FreeWalkers' Whistle Stop Walk was cancelled due to the bad weather (a rare occasion). Greg and Jim were the sole adventurers that…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ivan's Big Walk: FreeWalker's Solo 100-mile Journey

FreeWalker Ivan Kossak is on a familiar journey for many FreeWalkers. He's walking the state of New Jersey this week along the East Coast Greenway.  But he's starting from the George Washington Bridge and heading to…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FreeWalkers Deliver: Doctor's Prescription - Walk for Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of all adults are getting the recommended amount of physical activity and 29 percent engage in no leisure-time physical activity at all! With children and adolescents only about 27 percent get enough exercise.

What's the cure? Doctors and…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Stay Active and Get Younger

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on October 15, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Recent Events

Live from the trail:
Hartford-Providence Expedition

Columbia to Putnam July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy are on a 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. This day they have company. Read Reporter's Notes for the latest news from our explorers.


Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
Event Photos

Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.


EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See Kennedy50.org for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

Past Events

Tour of Brooklyn 2014 & Year End Party

On November 16, 2014 about 35 FreeWalkers followed our native Brooklynite, Renata Luisi and walked from Penn Station to Willaimsburg topping off the 2014 season with a rousing visit to the Radegast Beer Hall.

The Battle of Short Hills Walk

On October 18, 2014 about 29 FreeWalkers followed a Revolutionary War historic battle march into the Watchung mountains as well as experience other historical sites along the way.

The Origins Walk: Lenape34

On Monday, October 13, 2014,our 5th annual 34-mile trek through the wilds of Essex County will took place - a tough event to finish.

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

In Their Footsteps

These FreeWalkers have demonstrated our spirit of determination, adventure and community and help set the standard for the rest of us. Awards were presented at the June 22nd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

Words to Walk By

Why We Walk

Why choose this as our goal? Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

-From President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University

Why We Don't (Walk)

Why choose doing as little as possible as our goal? Why take a long nap? Why, 35 days ago, insist on flying first class across the Atlantic? Why does Texas play Rice?

We choose to look at the moon. We choose to utter platitudes in this decade and do few other things, not because they are hard, but because they are easy, because that goal will serve to attract votes, because true challenges are those that we are unwilling to address, ones which we are willing to pass onto others, and ones which we intend to ignore.

From FreeWalker, Art McDonald, Rock Hill, SC

Read Art's inspiring essay "On Walking RFK's 50"

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