On YesMagazine.org, Jay Walljasper writes about walking as "the wonder drug" that researchers and physicians are recommending to help prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety, and osteoporosis. Adults need 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and children should get 60 minutes a day, seven days a week.
Although walking is already Americans' favorite exercise, far too many of us are sitting too much. As a result sitting has become the equivalent to smoking – a bad habit with many dire consequences. At the National Walking Summit, speakers said this form of exercise helps create vital communities, lowers health care costs, improves school performance, contributes to a stronger economy, and makes neighborhoods a safer place.
We agree with all that has been said here. In our topic page on "Walking" we wrote:Walking is a spiritual practice that yields so many dividends: replenishment of the soul, connection with the natural world, problem-solving, self-esteem, health, healing, and heightened attention. Movement seems to encourage dialogue and conviviality, leading to richer conversations with soul mates, friends, and even strangers. Artists report that walking activates the imagination and opens up the creative process. It is deeply restorative.