Walk With Purpose

There always seems to be a walk for something. Walk for Breast Cancer, Walk for Alzheimers, Walk for MS and so on. I do not think I know one person who hasn’t been affected by a disease somewhere in their lives. Personally, Alzheimers hit close to home for me with my grandma. These walks are usually short (5k or 3.1 miles) and help you to do a small part to support research and those suffering. Why not challenge yourself to find a walk to participate in for the end of the summer or fall? It’s true that often times these walks ask for a donation, but it is for a great cause and sometimes that money is just the extra bit of motivation needed to follow through. Get a few friends together, maybe find a cause that you and your co-workers would like to walk for. It’s great for families to do together also! Below I have listed some websites that you can click on and see if they have walks in your area.

Walk to End Alzheimers

Race for a Cure (Breast Cancer Awareness)

ZERO cancer (Prostate Cancer)

Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes 

NAMIwalk (Mental Illness)

Light The Night (Leukemia & Lymphoma)

Those of course are just a few suggestions. I am sure that if you search for “insert cause+walk” in a search engine, you’ll more than likely find a walk or run to participate in. Now get out there, get inspired, get fit and make a difference!

Live three minutes longer for every minute you walk

Have I posted this before?

These are the calculations of Alan Durning whose family spent a year of living without a car. From Car-less living can add years to your life:

“Just so, walking doesn’t consume time, for different reasons. In fact, walking creates time…walking gives you time you wouldn’t otherwise have at all. Walking makes you live longer…The largest ever study of the subject found that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, adds 1.3-1.5 years to your life, on average.”

He goes on to calculate the three minutes for every one minute of walking. A great figure, to be sure, but the benefits are quite a bit deeper than that. He took his figures from a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine. From a Seattle Times article:

The findings show that even for people who are already middle-age, exercising more can add years to their lives, Franco said. “This shows it’s never too late to start following a healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to start exercising.”

“The findings show that even for people who are already middle-age, exercising more can add years to their lives, Franco said. “This shows it’s never too late to start following a healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to start exercising.

Previous studies have found that being physically active has a host of health benefits. It reduces the risk of being overweight and of developing many illnesses, improves overall quality of life and lowers the mortality rate. But the new study is the first to directly calculate the effect on how long people live.

In addition, recent studies have found that exercise has payoffs for the mind, too. It has been shown to improve overall well-being, reduce stress and depression and cut the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, several experts said.

“The benefits of physical activity extend well beyond the effects on longevity,” said JoAnn Manson of Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Read the article in the Seattle Times:

People who exercise regularly really do live longer, study finds

Use Walker Tracker to Race down the Oregon Coast (for a great cause)

I’m very thrilled to announce that Walker Tracker is a sponsor of:  Get Going Oregon! Get Going Oregon is a 30 Day  challenge and  fundraiser to benefit the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

Participants will use Walker Tracker from July 24th through August 31st on a Highway 101 challenge map to race down the coast of Oregon. It’s going to be a tremendously good challenge and it couldn’t be for a better cause.

PE823You’ll get a free pedometer (Oregon Scientific with a 7 day memory and calorie counter), health screening (if you’re local) and will have the chance to win prizes along the way.

Join the fundraiser – it’s a $20 donation – at Get Going Oregon – www.getgoingoregon.org

Join Walker Tracker in support the Diabetes Health Center at OHSU