Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WHEN TO WALK? and a rant

The actual answer of when to walk is.........anytime! I've been walking a lot more lately than I've been writing. Did you miss me? I hope you were out walking too.

My husband and I are book collectors. We went to a book sale recently and came home with a few additions. One is a book entitled, "Walk Don't Die' by Fred Stutman, M.D. The title was intriguing. So, I plunked down my 25 cents and took it home.

This author is crazier about walking than I am! The first 3/4 of this book is a RANT against jogging! Stutman believes that joggers run themselves to death. As a former jogger, I am familiar with the joy that joggers gain from running - the so-called 'jogger's high'. I enjoyed that too for several years. Then age and reality (and quite a bit of weight) brought me back to reality.

Most of the points that Stutman makes about walking are completely accurate because most of the supposed advantages of jogging vs walking are myths. Walking is a far less hazardous activity that has benefits equal to those offered by jogging. In fact, the only advantage that I have found to jogging is that you (you, not me - a very slow runner) can cover more ground thus get the workout completed in less time. That's not much of an advantage when weighed against other factors - like more wear and tear on joints and the frequent need for more costly shoes for joggers rather than walkers, among others.

So, don't waste your money on this book even tho' he's a strong advocate of walking. Go for a walk instead!

***************************Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.


Kathy G said...

Yes, I DID miss you!

jd said...

thanks, kathy!