Walking it off

There are many reasons why walking is good for you – and the environment. And I think that most people know this – but it’s not always so easy to do.

If you need a more tangible reason to walk, take a look at this walking calculator. You will be able to enter how you will be walking (walking for pleasure, race walking, walking the dog, pushing a stroller, hiking, or walking at 2, 3, 4 or 5 mph). Then you enter how long you will walk and how much you weigh and it will calculate the number of calories that you will burn.

For those who need to keep track of how many calories they burn by walking, just remember that a pound of body fat equates to 3,500 calories. If you burn 500 more calories than you take in every day, you can lose 1 pound a week.

I think it is helpful to remember that there are many other good, but less tangible, reasons to walk. Slow down and smell the roses (and the lilacs and the freshly mowed grass). Make that connection with your community that you can only do when you take the time to really see what’s there. You just can’t do that when you’re driving.



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