Walking through Athens, a couple found their path blocked by an illegally parked vehicle. The car sat in the middle of the sidewalk in such a way that no one could get around it. The pedestrians viewed the obstacle with mounting fury. How dare the driver prevent them from continuing their healthy outing? They would not stand for it. The two climbed atop the vehicle and walked right over the roof. Had police not arrested them immediately afterward, they would have journeyed on, leaving the car far behind them.
What can you learn from this?
That nothing should keep you from walking.
Walking is one of the best ways to exercise. It provides you with the same benefits as running without the increased stress to your joints and high risk of injury. It burns calories, trims your waist, strengthens your muscles and bones, and tones your body. It, because you are not panting, allows you to walk with others, logging quality family/friend time in addition to exercise. It lets you workout anywhere you want (your neighborhood, a park or even the mall!) and is 100-percent free. But if that’s not enough for you, walking also combats those pesky diseases keeping you from achieving maximum health.
A study of 171 overweight, middle-aged men and women found that a brisk 30-minute walk six days a week significantly reduced the risk of metabolic syndrome. Since metabolic syndrome is a combination of multiple conditions – hypertension, poor cholesterol, obesity, high triglycerides and high blood sugar – you can safely assume that walking effectively fights every one of them. If that’s not a reason to celebrate walking, I don’t know what is.
Get out there and get moving. Stroll (briskly) around your block; tromp through your closest park or take a few laps around your mall. Don’t let anything keep you from taking your daily walk. If you meet an obstacle, find ways around it (legal ways, please). Just walk, walk, walk. Love the activity you were made for, and it will love you.
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