WALKING CHANGES AMERICA
Over the years I have walked and hiked and ran many miles. There is nothing like being outside and taking new walking tours on paths, trails, sidewalks, streets and even some highways. I love being present with the beautiful variety of landscapes, feeling the love of the universe through orange glow sunrises and sunsets shining down on me. The moons are fascinating mostly because I send my love through night skies and imagine my kisses falling on the faces of those I love.
Since I started long distance walking, 3 – 23 miles a day, my life has improved. The worlds of my loved ones have improved, and I believe the universe as a whole as improved. Without me and my walking things would be different. It is why I am so passionate about people getting out to walk. They truly have no idea what is in store for them. From the peace of mind to being more mindful to getting physical to listening for new ideas to literally changing your community, region, America maybe even the world. And why wouldn’t you walk today?
Benefits of Walking
Many doctors and other health professionals cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a “magic pill” for excellent health. It can maintain the body’s systems in good condition and reduce the risk of chronic illness.
Good health is not the only benefit of walking. In fact, there is a broad range of individual and community benefits that accrue when people walk more often and when communities are designed to make walking safe, enjoyable, and convenient.
Social Equity Benefits: Low-income families are more reliant on walking for essential journeys than the middle class, and yet low-cost housing is often located in the most car-dependent places.
Environmental Benefits: Transportation is responsible for one third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions – converting short driving journeys to walking journeys is reducing this impact significantly.
Transportation Benefits: One quarter of all trips in the U.S. are 1 mile or less, and yet most of these trips are taken by car – increasing walking reduces traffic congestion and the cost of road maintenance. Download in Spanish