30 Minutes a day of Exercise as Good for Old Men as Quitting Smoking….


30 minutes of exercise a day as good for old men as quitting smoking, study finds

Note to old men: DON’T ask your doc if this study means that you can keep smoking when you start walking 30 minutes a day.  He’ll yell “NO!” Guaranteed!

It DOES mean that active older men are forty percent less likely to die over the course of a twelve year study than those who spent that time lollygagging on the couch. While the benefits of exercise have long been recognized, even experts were surprised by the extent of the benefits.

Yet, more than half of us don’t engage in moderate daily exercise.  We’d rather pop a pill. But, according to Professor Ingar Holme, of the department of sports medicine at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo, “Not many pills can bring down total mortality by 30-40 per cent. That is a major achievement!”

“Major indeed!” says Grancy. “So get off that couch, put your cigarettes down, stop poppin’ pills, and get active. Your grandchilluns need you. Your chilluns need you. And, most of all, your “Grancys” need you!

Walking Large

chubby-guy-jogsWalking IS for the faint of heart. The couch potatoes. The elderly. The slow-pokes. The sedentary. The wee ones. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), 80% of American adults do not get enough physical activity.  To help get America healthy, the ASMBS is sponsoring a United We Step – National Pedometer Challenge on November 2, 2015. They also sponsor a national walkathon called the Walk from Obesity with events all over the country. Join this vibrant community and find out what’s available for you.

Read more here.

Walking Toward Wonderful


caravan-heads-leftWalking is all about grabbing life with both hands and savoring the moments. National Geographic helps create those moments with Top Ten Walks and Hiking Tours. Trek to an Acadian fishing village in Nova Scotia, the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica, or the dramatic cliffs of the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland and more. The world is a walker’s oyster. So pop on your pedometer, lace your shoes, and Walk Toward “Wonderful.”



Walking (Thoreau)


In this Atlantic reprint of philosopher/author Henry David Thoreau’s essay titled “Walking,” the author muses upon the joy of sauntering while lamenting a sedentary world disconnected from nature. Extolling the art of the saunter, he notes;

No wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession. It comes only by the grace of God. It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker. – Thoreau

Thoreau waxes eloquent but his passion may not be for the faint of heart. Read his essay and contemplate it the next time you head for the woods. It may change your life!