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
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