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Out of the Inbox: Gentlemen, start your feet

Posted Monday, April 5, 2010, at 5:32 PM

Like most everybody these days, I get a lot of junk -- paper and digital -- and what the spam filters don't catch, I have to wade through. Annoying. But just about every day there's a few items of some interest amid the clutter. And since I have been so delinquent in my blog-posting duties, I thought sharing things now and then might be worth doing.

Today, I received a fax from Missouri News Service with a notice from the American Heart Association about the annual National Start Working Day. It's April 7, so we all have time to find our walkin' shoes and do some stretches.

The idea, according to the news release, is to get people walking for 30 minutes a day.

I also got a message on the same subject in email from the AHA. In it, are suggestions:

  • Invite co-workers to wear their sneakers to work.
  • Encourage employees to get in their 30 minutes of walking that day.
  • Change one meeting to a walking meeting and let colleagues know why.
  • Host a walk and/or rally to show a commitment to living longer, healthier lives.

I like walking, myself. It's good exercise. It's relaxing. You're going slow, so you see more of the world. That's my only complaint, really. It's slow. I'm too impatient to walk very regularly. But sort of wish I'd get in the habit. It's a nice break in the middle of a stressful day.

Not everybody has handy a good place to walk, of course. Those of us who do probably should take advantage of the situation more than we do.

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Eric, I'm with you...I'm too impatient to walk because it's slow!

-- Posted by koeller77 on Tue, Apr 6, 2010, at 8:24 AM

Yeah I like walking too mate.

Hey Eric...I see you wear hats...me too mate. Tell me your hat size and the next time I return to the USA I will bring you a beautiful, completely waterproof, all natural Australian Akubra hat.

-- Posted by news across on Tue, Apr 6, 2010, at 8:54 PM

You can race walk. That will raise your heart rate. Not recommended when the air is superheated, but interval fast paces combined w/regular walking is supposed to be good. Personally, I try to walk 2/10s of a mile at a good cllip at least three times a day.

-- Posted by upsedaisy on Tue, Apr 6, 2010, at 10:01 PM

I also walk 1.4 miles per day. But that walk is w/the dog so there are pauses--there are also spurts when he spots a squirrel:)

-- Posted by upsedaisy on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 10:06 AM

I hadn't thought about race walking. Might give that a try. I did walk home for lunch today. The sun was shining, I got a few more photos of pear blossoms on the square and stopped to chat with two acquaintances. Pretty nice.

But then the old impatience reared its head and I biked back to work. Oh well.

-- Posted by Eric Crump on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 4:59 PM

Oh well, indeed.

I'd say if you're biking, you really don't have to worry about getting enough exercise. From your picture, you look quite fit. I used to enjoy biking, but at nearly 77 and w/two replacement knees I think the better part of valor is to stick to walking. The cassandras at rehab kept telling me I was going to fall. "everybody does"

Touch wood it has been four years since surgery and I have not fallen yet. Some close calls, but close doesn't count except in horseshoes.

-- Posted by upsedaisy on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:06 AM

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Eric Crump is a former editor of The Marshall Democrat-News. He lives elsewhere now but still loves Marshall and Saline County. He's trying to catch up on all the stories he should have written while he was on staff.
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