ACE Walking Fun Fact

Focusing on an object ahead of you can increase your speed by as much as 23 percent.*

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Wow, that can make a huge difference when you are racing, or want to get your workout in during a busy day. Not to mention, focusing on something in the distance will also improve your posture which leads to faster and more fluid movement.

Therefore, go out, focus as far into the distance as possible, and you will naturally increase your speed of movement.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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ACE Walking Fun Fact

Walking just 21 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.*

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That is great news. We all have 21 minutes to spare in the span of a 24 hour day or 1440 minute day. This gives you 68 chances each day, by probability, to take your walk.

Getting up and out for your walk is something people did on a regular basis years ago; that is what kept them regular, if you understand my thought process. Before the influx of technology and social media, it was routine for people to go for a walk after every meal. See that? Even if you only eat twice a day, that gives you two walks per day. Three meals and you have all your steps in for the day.

Please keep in mind, that a post meal walk would last ten minutes. Yes, people actually walked after every meal; because, they knew it kept their metabolism working smoothly. Even the days of travel by horse, it was suggested to walk whenever possible instead of riding.

Hmmm, maybe that is why I prefer walking the horse to riding the horse. My subconscious health and wellness coaching mind is continuously at work. I see the love in the horses’ eyes, knowing that we are all happy with each others’ company, rein and saddle free.

Now, if only I could ship all this extra rain to drought areas.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise.

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ACE Walking Fun Fact

Walk to the beat of “Shut Up and Dance” and you’ll be going about 3.5 mph. If you can keep up with “Shake It Off,” you’ll be cruising at more than 5 mph.

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This sounds good to me. How about if I shut up and dance while shaking it off?

Yes, that sounds even better. What an exciting day! Very busy with many things that continue to challenge me; but, I will keep on trucking and walk it off, to shake off the stress.

I am ever so grateful for my health which gets me through the day and all of the rocky moments demanding my attention. I wish the same productive energy for you.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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ACE Walking Fun Fact

Interval walkers lost six times more weight than walkers who maintained a steady pace, according to a Danish study.

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Therefore, enjoy an interruption or two; because, that will automatically incorporate interval walking. This is the fact I keep in mind while stopping or slowing down to watch the fawns, smell the roses, let the dogs do their duty, catch up with a friendly neighbor or…uh oh… run from the bees, oh boy!

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which is a popular interval workout and safe when done properly.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

 

ACE Walking Fun Fact

Race walking made its Olympic debut in 1908.

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I love watching the olympics; but, I find it more interesting how different the body types are in each sport. You need to have heart; but, a certain body type does play a huge role in who will win the gold for that particular sport.

We all have our talents and innate characteristics; so, use them to your advantage when choosing a sport.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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ACE Walking Fun Fact

The risk of exercise-related injuries is 1 to 5 percent for walkers compared to 20 to 70 percent for runners.

 

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Knowing about the injury risk of running keeps me satisfied with the decision to walk rather than run. We all have our issues to deal with; but, why knowingly overdo something? I ask the doctor what track athletes do about lower body pain and get the response that the runner runs with pain.

Athletes do get hurt; they just do not tell you; because, their goal is to win at all costs. An athlete loves their job so much that they will do anything to work through the pain or other issue. Then again, how long is the athlete able to keep up their pace to continue winning?

For the rest of us who want healthy longevity for a lifetime of happiness, walking is a great exercise. Therefore, be happy with your walker, cane, walking partner, and get in the soothing outdoors to stay as mobile as possible.

Please remember that aging is for the strong; just like you.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

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ACE Walking Fun Fact

“About 2000 steps equal one mile.”

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You do not need to measure the exact amount of your activity; although, it does help to keep you motivated. With that in mind, do not worry about going overboard with the feeling that you must have the exact measure of a mile or your steps.

We all have our own stride length for many reasons; so, please, use this tip as a ball park figure for comparison in your log. Remember, it is approximately 2000 steps in a mile, not exactly 2000 steps.

Now, if you want to get more exercise while doing those steps, go out into the mud as I did. Boy, that wet clay sure does get heavy and bog me down. The photo shows the mud dry and shaken off from yesterday when I had to divert puddles of water away from our building. No worries, I left enough room and water for the little tree frogs and tadpoles to mature. I have all kinds of company everywhere I go, yay.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)