“The average office worker spends around 16 hours in meetings each week. That’s over 800 hours a year. For a grand total over an entire career of—are you sitting down?—37,440 hours of meetings. That’s more than 4 years of your precious time…”
Several researches have shown significant benefits of physical activity which keeps the blood flow in the body intact and the heart healthy. A new study has found the key to control type-2 diabetes, particularly in older adults. A 15-minute stroll after every meal can significantly reduce the blood sugar levels in the body and help minimize the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The study found that 15-minute walks after each meal were more effective than a continuous walk up to three hours following an evening meal.
Not to mention, you can help a charity while at it!
Walking is a “magic app” that builds a healthier, safer, more vibrant city. Plus, walking connects us to our communities, puts us in contact with our neighbors, builds social capital and raises civic awareness. Plus, it’s fun.
We’re organizing a campaign to get more Angelenos walking and make L.A. more walkable. If you sign up on our site at losangeleswalks.org, you can join walks and community events around L.A. throughout the year! Get involved with us and start walking!
True enough, there is hardly anything more simple and less exciting than walking. It’s one of our first developmental milestones as babies, and once you take those initial toddling steps, neither you, nor those around you, take much notice of your walking ever again. If you happen to think about walking later in life, images of elderly women decked out in windsuits and circling the mall in the early morning hours may come to mind. Indeed, so unsexy is walking that our word for a person who travels by foot — pedestrian — is also a synonym for “dull” and “ordinary.”
‘Twas not always so, however. There was a time in which writers and philosophers wrote poems and paeans to the humble walk, publishing books and essays with titles such as “The Reveries of the Solitary Walker,” “In Praise of Walking,” and “Walking as a Fine Art.” Bipedal locomotion was referred to as “the manly art of walking,” and enrollment in the “noble army of walkers” was encouraged.
Did these long-dead bipedaling boosters know something that modern men do not? While walking’s simplicity may seem like a mark against it, perhaps its rudimentary nature is just the thing to bring us back to life’s much needed basics. Walking upright is part of what makes us human, after all, and who wouldn’t benefit from getting in touch with their humanity a little more often?
By walking just 30 minutes a day, a person can dramatically reduce their risk of almost every health problem: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer — even depression and Alzheimer’s.
In doing so, we can also slash the $147 billion our nation spends each year in healthcare costs associated with physical inactivity. This reduces the overall demand on our healthcare system and thereby reduces healthcare costs for everyone.
Moreover, by incorporating walking into our daily activities, we can also help solve our environmental and economic problems.