Thursday, October 21, 2004

Walk of life

Supersize me brought the obesity/overweight problem to the fore. And one of the points taken by the documentary was the amount of walking we need to take daily. Health groups in the U.S. has been advocating building up an adult's walking program to up to 10,000 steps which is roughly 5 miles. At first, it's mind-boggling. who has the time to cover even 1/5 of that distance? So last night, had this little experiment, walking home from the office for the first time since getting well from the flu.

Found out that the distance from Paseo de Roxas to Pasong Tamo via Dela Rosa is like 1,200 steps. Not bad exercise for a short walk going home. While it's far from the 10,000 steps advocated, this is just a 12-15 minute kinda-leisurely walk anyway. And one can build up the distance by doing extra walking throughout the day -- from making quick trips to Greenbelt, Landmark, Glorietta; climbing the walkway; strolling through the Greenbelt zen garden, etc. compiling 5,000-6,000 steps is not a far-off goal after all.

Keep walking. For exercise. For clearing the mind. For time off to sing to the sky. For your health's sake.

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