You are probably familiar with Diana Nyad, the woman who swam from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida (110 mi) in 2013 at the age of 68. Since that accomplishment Diana and her partner, Bonnie Stoll, have launched the exercise effort known as Ever Walk. The goal of Ever Walk is to get Americans up and walking on a regular basis. If you take the Ever Walk pledge, you commit to walking at least three times a week. My cousin who completed the Appalachian Trail (almost 2000 miles) in 2017 after walking several segments for a number of years walked with Diana and a group in New England in September of this year. Those who walked the entire route covered 132 miles in seven days (about 20 miles per day). They walked from Boston to Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
You may have heard that “sitting is the new smoking”. According to The Science of Exercise, which was published as a special Time edition, walking lowers your risk for disease, extends your life, makes you happier and keeps you limber longer. The wonderful thing about walking is that it’s an activity that’s available to almost anyone; it’s free; it can be done solo or with a partner or group at most times of day and in most settings. While walking you can pray, think, listen to music, an audio book or a pod cast or exercise your dog.–Or none of the previous. You can simply enjoy the scenery , the sounds and your surroundings.
All you really need is a good pair of shoes and maybe some sun screen.–Let’s make the pledge and get out there.