April 6, 2016

National Walking Day


National Walking Day falls on the first Wednesday of April. "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." That quotation by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was included in a Stanford University study in 2014 that showed how walking can fuel creative thought. It's no mystery that walking enhances health. But researchers have found that it also improves the flow of oxygen to the brain, helping with mental awareness and memory. The annual event was introduced by the American Heart Association about 10 years ago because people, it says, spend too much time sitting in front of screens at work and home. Regularly placing one foot in front of the other, ideally briskly, for at least 30 minutes a day can offset that inactivity and reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and stroke. Researchers have found that walkers are most likely burning more calories than they think. There is a lot of advice out there about the types of shoes to buy and the pros and cons of activity trackers.

The article failed to mention that waking and texting - or lost in the energies or any device - can cause an accident.




Ellie walking along a pier in Brooklyn - Waiting for my "ship" to come in.

Personally I enjoy walking when doing something interesting with friends or family. Walking for health reasons is not part of my regular routines though I do run around a lot during the course of most days. I'm lucky not to have arthritis or any physical problems making walking far more enjoyable. Nietzsche connects for me through Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Z) which goes to 2001: A Space Odyssey (film) but I do not find creativity when walking as he suggests. Many times it's quite the opposite and boring. I dislike being bored. I prefer to fly, drive, bike, or anything else that moves quickly.

Walking into the future





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