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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"We congregated at zero dark thirty on Teddy Roosevelt Island — right in front of the monument,...The route was to start on TR…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
Physical activity, and in particular walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. In…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 9, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments