Monday, June 29, 2009

Ditch the Drive - Beat the Feet

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Summer is upon us – in much the same way as those extra pounds are up-on-us: It just seems to happen when you’re not paying attention.

Attention may indeed be the crucial factor.

In our car-centric society, walking is typically one of the last things we give any thought. A new study, by professor of pediatrics James Hill, of the University of Colorado, says it’s time we adjust our thinking. According to Hill, people should ideally take 10,000 steps each day to maintain their health. But, with our foot permanently fused to the gas pedal, we often manage a meager 1,000 steps in our lackluster day.

These aren’t the only significant numbers. Researcher Lawrence Frank found that every 30 minutes spent behind the wheel each day increases the odds of obesity by three percent – on the other hand, people who live in walkable neighborhoods are seven percent less likely to be obese.

So, instead of letting those pounds sneak up on you, take advantage of the warmer weather to get outside for a breath of fresh air. And, once you’re out there, you may as well take a quick spin around the block.

To read more about the study, see this from Reuters. To learn more about a healthy walking lifestyle, see this from the American Heart Association.


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