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Walking: you know your lungs want it

Aug 15, 2011
Have you ever climbed a flight of stairs and been shocked by how much puffing you’re doing when you reach the top?

Have you ever climbed a flight of stairs and been shocked by how much puffing you’re doing when you reach the top?

You’re not alone. Most people’s physical activity decreases with age, and the less a person is active, the harder little tasks like walking up stairs become. It is a trend that’s reversible. All it involves is walking, about 20 to 30 minutes a day. Fitting this into a day can be made easier by walking a short distance you would normally travel by car. It could be the walk to the mailbox, or a walk down the road with your kids to meet the school bus. Those who add a brisk walk to their daily routine report having more stamina.

Make a commitment to increase you physical activity by taking the I Can Walk pledge, at www.icanwalk.ca. The website calculates how far your pledge will take you in a year and how many kilograms of greenhouse gas emission you will have saved by not driving. That flight of stairs that took your breath away will feel like a breath of fresh air in no time.

 


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