And What To Do About Them
Welcome to the 30 Day Healthy & Happy Challenge!
The 30 DAY challenge is designed to develop essential habits that will improve your health and happiness. Log in at www.SolanoFit.com with your email address to get your 30 Day calendar.
Today is Day 8 - Listen Here
Do you know the benefits of walking?
Increased cardiovascular fitness
Increased pulmonary fitness
Reduced risk of heart disease
Reduced risk of stroke
Lowers high blood pressure
Lowers high cholesterol
Reduced joint and muscular pain or stiffness
Stronger bones and improved balance
Increased muscle strength and muscle endurance
Reduced body fat
Boost of energy
And just so that we're clear, sitting does the opposite of everything listed. Yeah, its bad. But let's consider the commute. According to a report in USA Today, the average American commutes 25.5 minutes each way, which is 51 minutes total per day or 204 hours per year!
Remember how sitting has the opposite effect of the benefits above? Now add the psychological stress of the stop n' go traffic, the frustration of accidents and rode rages. With a commute, add increased anxiety, back and neck pain, depression and a whole host of other horribles.
Here’s a thought: would you ever consider walking or biking to work if it meant a longer and happier life?
There is incredible amounts of research on the benefits of building a physical environment that supports walking and biking citizens. And many city, county and non-profit organizations are working to better support your decision to walk and create what's known as walk-able cities.
*** Helpful links for Day 8***
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Local to Solano,California organizations like the Solano Transportation Authority and Vibe Solano along with programs like Girls Trek, So Fit City, Girls on the Run, Mayors Marathon Club, and Moms Run This Town are working to support the physical activity of students and adults alike.
In his book “Bowling Alone: the Collapse of the American Economy," Robert Putnam describes the deterioration of the American community. He cites evidence for the decline in associations, congregations, and volunteerism and the increasing social isolation. We are engaging with people less and less. And this book was written well before the world of social media!
Consider helping. Associations like those mentioned above need your support. You will find friendly people ready and motivated to connect. With your help walk-able cities can become real, and we can all get walking.
See you tomorrow.