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 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 To a Healthier You


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies
And all that’s best if dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes. Lord Byron

Walking is less about looking good than feeling good. But in a physical-appearance obsessed world, this may be a difficult concept to internalize. After all, everyone wants to walk “pretty.” And you can!

Just ask Balance me Beautiful, a blog devoted to the mission of helping readers “walk” toward a balanced, healthy and beautiful life. They’ve “curated” the internet for the best and most recent articles so you don’t have to spend hours on the web culling through junk to find the gems. After all, the goal is to reduce your sittin’-down time, not add to it!  Do you want to lose weight by walking or get your yoga on?     Find flattering yoga apparel to match your inner beauty? Traipse through Balance me Beautiful’s blog and find gems aplenty. You’ll be glad you did.

Not to be outdone, the American Heart Association’s “Walking to a Healthier You,” Mayo Clinic’s “Walking: Trim Your Waistline, Improve Your Health,” and “Walking Women Win,” show that a healthier you is a more beautiful you! In more ways than one!

Read more here and here, and here.


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!