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
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
How about energy-harvesting shoe insoles. As you walk, they take the kinetic energy from your step and convert it into electrical energy which can power other device, such as your smartphone. For every hour of walk time, you end up with about 30 minutes of talk time.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 18, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 22, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments
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