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Walking is the love of my life

This fact is not a shock to anyone who knows me

that I enjoy walking.

In fact when deciding that I wanted for us to downsize 9 years ago and move to the city this was one of the huge benefits.

My main goal was to live within 3km of the city and beach so that in my leisure time I could get to a lot of places by walking.

I do have lots of reasons to still use our car however we enjoy a lot of areas that are local to Port Melbourne and easy to access by foot.

Now that spring has sprung

and the weather is milder our daily walk is even more enjoyable.

Walking uses virtually every muscle group in the body and you can burn up to 520 calories in an hour.

Walking boost your mood by flooding the body with feel-good endorphins

Everyone knows that walking is good for us in so many ways but I have a few interesting fun trivia facts that may surprise you.

The longest walk around the world was completed by Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.

If you walked 9000 steps each day then in a lifetime that is 3.5 trips around the Earth.

(Not sure about this one. It is a bit vague for me. I want to know figures and how long the lifetime was).

Walking sideways burns 78% more calories than walking forward. Lateral motion takes extra effort by putting your body to work in unfamiliar ways. (I like this one but not very practical to walk down the street this way).

Walking on rough but level track required 50% more energy than walking on a paved road.

Walking around 50 km each week can extend your life by a couple of years compared to people who do not walk.

Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles.

Walking helps you cope with work. Getting outside in nature during breaks and going for a walk can help with stress and work pressures.

Walking can help you concentrate. Research has shown that when you feel calmer your concentration improves. Going for a walk can be quite meditative.

There is also a saying that says:

" the moments my legs begin to move, my thoughts

begin to flow."

So walking can make you more creative.

Lastly, you can see so much more of the scenery on a walk. You can notice things that you have never seen before. Walking can even make you more observant.



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