This time of year is the “primo” time of year for getting outside, taking a deep breath and going for a walk. Summer and all its commotions are over and winter is just around the corner.
Time to slow down a bit and be reflective and maybe think about how you want to end 2012 with some new habits and begin 2013 with a healthy bang.
Taking in the colors of autumn has continuously been one of life’s simplest pleasures. Here on the Oregon Coast we have great fall colors, maybe not as they do inland but what we do have some of nature’s other magic. Fall offers particular tones of light and the distinctive way it falls (pun intended), through the trees and across the ocean. The coast also offers an amazing air quality and there is something extraordinary about it this time of year. The combination of these three characters offers an amazing gift of nature that is so accessible and affordable to us. All we have to do is walk out the door.
Beside the pure mental therapy of going for a walk this time of year there are some fantastic health benefits. Wow all that for the low price of $0.
The consequences of walking!
- Walking is a mode of transportation that gets you from one place to another.
- Walking is easy and you can do it alone or with friends.
- You will be healthier mentally and physically.
- Improves your sex life. J
Harvard Research says: “Later in life, walking becomes as much an indicator of health as a promoter of it. After age 65, how fast you walk may predict how long you have to live. Walking, or gait, has long been recognized as a proxy for overall health and has been measured in many studies. Researchers have found a remarkably consistent association between faster walking speed and longer life.” This statement was made because a number of studies done. One study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and published Jan. 5 2011; issue of The Journal of the American Medical association found a remarkably consistent association between faster gait speed and longer life. They calculated that people with gait speeds of 1 meter per second or faster lived longer than would be expected given their age of gender. (1 meter/second is equal to 2.2 miles/hour. That is just a bit slower than the speed needed to cross the street at most timed traffic lights.)
So does this does not mean if you are older and you work on going out there and walking faster you will live longer. One cannot draw that kind of cause-and-effect conclusion from this study. But on the other hand countless studies undisputed conclusions that walking and walking faster results in better health and a longer life.
How about counting steps to make it a bit more interesting and to be sure you are walking you’re way to a longer healthier life? I suggest adding in a pedometer. They can help you set and reach goals, offer motivation and accountability. Just clip it to your waistband and of f you go, you won’t even know its there. You can even use it in your daily life to see how many steps you are taking. Other studies show that distance counts too! In addition people that wear a pedometer walk about 2000 more steps a day, (about a mile), then those that don’t.
- Fewer than 3,500 steps: very sedentary.
- 3,500 to 5,000: sedentary.
- 5,500 to 7,500: somewhat active. You’re headed in the right direction but need to step it up.
- 7,500 to 9,000: doing better, but still not meeting the minimum recommendation.
- More than 9,000 steps: active. Stick with it and keep moving.
- 10,000: the minimum goal recommended by health experts.
- If your goal is to lose weight, you probably need to work up to 12,000 or more steps a day.
Forgive me for seguing from the beauty of autumn on the Oregon Coast to research studies to pedometer technology. I am a bit of a nerd in that sense. Never the less this is a great time of year to go out and enjoy the outdoors, and get a jumpstart on the winter. Nature is a great motivator; it wants you out there enjoying it!
Once again its time to shed your inhibitions, fear, commons sense and clothes (bathing suits are pretty much required it’s a family event)!
Photo by Dave Dillon
When: New Years Day of course!
Where: Neahkahnie Beach, the parking lot just north of the stop sign on Beulah Reed Road. It’s the last big parking area on the north end of the beach. (one mile north of Laneda Ave downtown).
Time: 10:00 am that’s the time we meet and take pictures and have our friends (the ones not doing it) laugh at us. Then we “just do it”. Please try to be on time so we don’t have to freeze our tuckus off while you are running up yelling “wait for me”!
Rules: Very Important – We have to gather on the beach together and form a group so we can take a group photo, in our bathing suits, then there is a countdown and we all run in the ocean together!
Post: We hope to have a big fire on the beach to cozy up to after the plunge. Then you are invited to come by spa manzanita for hot cider, tea, treats and war stories!
Any questions: If you want to know if it’s crazy to jump in the ocean in January the answer is yes, so come join us!!! Any other questions just call or email Janice Gaines at the spa.
Hello and welcome to my blog!
This is a very unusual time in our world and most of us are feeling a bit anxious and uncertain about the future. I personally have felt this and at the same time felt an unusual sense of calm and peace knowing that I can only control some “things” in my life, and that the most important of those is my efforts to take care of myself in the forms of nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness. Then sharing time with those I love and my community.
Somehow that realization made me feel good. I think that is part of what this blog is about.
However after we get through this strange period in our history I will still continue to share the passions I have had for the last 40 plus years and counting. That is the passion of life being lived to its fullest.
I like to say sometimes “this aint no dress rehersal”!
I will personally be sharing/teaching about wellness, fitness, health, and nutrition and whatever else you would like to discuss. As well as some adventures of myself past, present and future.
So please feel free to join in and help create this blog!
I must admit that this is the first time I have taken up writing in a public format, other then College Composition, so its a bit scary but what the heck, rewards come with risks!
Peace and Health and Contentment,
Janice B Gaines