Friday, March 30, 2007

Walk It Out For The World

Through the alternative health network, I recently was made aware of a new campaign from Lime.

Walkout "Live The Change"
is a dynamic project with a BIG goal of 24,900 miles OR one lap around the world. I just checked their website, and they ONLY have 23, 441 more miles to go to meet their goal, and all they need are your feet to accomplish this goal! If you desire to help them, you can also share your Walkout Video and walking photos, and they'll publish them. This website is a great way to motivate yourself to help others AS you are helping yourself by getting out and walking your way to better health. You can meet other walkers online, share tips, read articles, and contribute.

Once the goal is reached, they (and ya'll) will have:

  • Reduced 20,772 lbs of CO2 emissions from car use
  • Burned 2,490,000 calories
  • Walked 498,000 minutes

This is equivalent to planting 488 trees or taking 1 SUV off the road!

It's common knowledge that one doesn't need to run to get the rewards of exercise. Simple walking will do the trick. Check out this data:

Environmental reasons:

· Reducing just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

· The cost of operating a car for one year is approximately $5,170. The cost of operating a bicycle for a year is only $120. Walking is free!

A balanced mind:

· Duke University Medical Center found that a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around a track three times a week was just as effective as antidepressant medication in relieving the symptoms of major depression in middle-aged and elderly people.

· A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year showed that older women who walked regularly were less likely to develop memory loss and other declines in mental function than women who were less active. Those who walked 18 miles or more per week fared best.

Health reasons:

· A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day—can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%.

· The Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who walk in their 30s and 40s can greatly reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Once again, their link is Lime Walkout!


latt├ęgirl said...

Excellent initiative. I am stiff and sore from yesterday's 2-hour walk (in the countryside... lots of hills here -- great place to walk yourself into shape). I walked a lot more last year but just kind of fell out of the habit. Getting back into it feels good (but less so the next day)!

I will link to this on my blog. Thanks for giving everyone the heads-up.

dreamymo said...

ounpthanks for covering -- we really appreciate the coverage as we need everyone's help to make it around the world.

thanks again, monique from