Are You Walking Enough?

Henry Ford’s Model T made its debut in 1908 and cost $875. In 1920 a million cars were produced. Today around 60 million cars are produced every year. Before cars, people got from place to place by horse and buggy, on horseback, bicycle, public transportation, such as the elevated “L” train in Chicago (dating back to 1895) and of course by putting one foot in front of the other—and easing on down the road. Children once walked miles to and from school.

The history of the mass movement of humanity from place to place is a history of walking or seafaring. The Old Testament book of Exodus is about going somewhere else—by foot. God’s perfectly designed feet have been the primary mode of getting from one place to another. A child’s first step is a long anticipated moment for parents. The first steps becomes two, then three, then running all over the place—until walking hits a wall and hoping in a car become the accepted way of getting around. Walk no more. But once again, we are being advised to walk for our health, walk for our hearts, walk for better sleep, walk to clear our heads—walk, walk, walk.

Health experts advise everyone to walk at least 30 minutes a day—walking briskly is even better. Some folks drive to malls and walk around before the doors open. Others walk in city parks, or around the neighborhood. But most of us don’t walk enough. The reasons—walking is too slow and too much trouble. We have other things to do including sitting down a lot watching television, surfing the Internet or playing with our smart phones.

How much do you walk every day? Do you walk up stairs or take the elevator? Do you park near your office entrance or “way back” so you can get in a good walk? Do you live in a “walkable city?” Walkability is the new thing for cities. There are scores for “walkability” for big cities especially. The trend is to get folks out of their cars and using their feet to get around. Thriving inner cities have high walkability scores that support business growth. Cars are causing too much traffic congestion and too much pollution. And it is getting worse.

Getting your feet moving takes effort and some breaking of old habits. But the state of your own health should be foremost in getting you up and moving. Walk somewhere—around the block, around your yard—down the street and back. Just get up and move your legs. The more you move the more you want to move. It’s physics—a body at rest wants to stay at rest—momentum induces more momentum. A rolling wheel wants to keep on rolling—that’s why there is a car called “Volvo.” It means keep on rolling. Get up and walk—move your body!

Copyright 2017 – L. Arthalia Cravin. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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