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Walking Your Way To Better Health and Take the 365/365 Challenge

Updated on October 1, 2013

No This Is Not a Resolution

I don’t believe in resolutions, so I’m not going to shuck and jive with you about one here. Resolutions are short-term and I'm talking here about a lifestyle change.

I also don’t believe in magical elixirs that will allow you to live longer. I don’t believe in those miracle pills that you see on infomercials that promise an added twenty years of quality life. They are many, those elixirs, and they have been the placebos of life for as long as I can remember. Snake oils, rhino tusks, the ground root of the abba-abba plant, all promising to leave you virile and capable of climbing Mt. Everest without an oxygen tank.

NOT!

There are, however, two things that are agreed upon by practically every health professional in the world. One is to eat right, and the other is to exercise.

ARGGGGHHHHH….did I just say exercise?

Yes, I did, and that is what this challenge is all about. No, I do not want you to commit to climbing Mt. Everest, or even that fifty-foot hill out back of your place. I do, however, want you to commit to walking on a daily basis. To be exact, I want you to commit to walking……

Bev on one of our hikes
Bev on one of our hikes | Source

The Challenge

One mile per day for 365 days! That, my friends, is the challenge! I want you to, in effect, walk the width of the state of Florida, but do it over the course of one year. How great will you feel a year from now when you tell your friends at the cocktail party that you walked the entire width of Florida? Wider than the state of Missouri….longer than the state of Iowa….all on foot, and you did it!

I can already hear you spewing forth the first of many excuses: I don’t have the time!

Seriously? To walk a mile it takes between 13-25 minutes depending on your pace and physical fitness. Are you really going to sit there and tell me that you don’t have 25 minutes to devote to better health? Are you really going to tell me that you would prefer to watch Honey Boo Boo rather than improve your health?

May the ghost of Roger Bannister haunt you forever!

Heck, may the ghost of Roger’s overweight Aunt Bertha haunt you forever!

The Facts and Nothing but the Facts

Okay, we are starting out slow, because most medical professionals and health care workers suggest walking 30 minutes each day. However, I like the sound of the 365/365 Challenge, so that’s what we will start with.

Why walk you ask? Seriously, you need to ask that? Well, I could get snippy and explain that the world is getting progressively fatter, but I won’t go that route. How about we talk about obvious benefits:

· Boost blood flow throughout your body

· Boost blood flow to the brain by 15%

· Lower blood pressure by 5%

· Lower heart rate by 5%

· Increase memory programming area in the brain

· Lose 100 calories if walking at 3 mph

· Strengthen bones and muscles

· Reduce body fat

· Reduce chances of heart disease, and other diseases as well

· Give yourself bragging rights around the water cooler at work

And of course there are others, but for now that’s not a bad list to begin with now is it?

Make It Easy on Yourself

Okay, so we have already established that any excuse you might have is so much hogwash. However, there are still certain things you can do that will make walking more enjoyable and easier to do, as if walking outside isn’t enjoyable enough already! Let’s face it, some people need positive strokes or added guidelines to entice them to do that which they should already be doing.

Keep these suggestions in mind as you begin your 365/365 Challenge:

· Wear a pedometer so you can keep track of your progress

· Get a good pair of comfortable shoes; walking is not enjoyable when you are fighting blisters

· Set a comfortable pace; you can always increase the pace once you are in better shape

· Increase your intensity as time goes on; do so by walking up hills, walking with hand or ankle weights, or even increase your distance

· Warm up and cool down for every walk

· Wear loose, comfortable clothing

· Wear protection from sun

· Carry waterproof clothing just in case

· Carry liquids with you

· Walk with a friend for companionship and to fight possible boredom

Do you walk on a regular basis now?

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Bottom Line

Do you really need statistics to tell you that you need to exercise? Fine, try these:

· 58 million U.S. citizens are overweight

· 78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity level recommendations

· 25% are completely sedentary

· 80% of Type II Diabetes related to obesity

· 70% of Cardiovascular Disease related to obesity

· 30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity

· 2nd leading preventable cause of death in U.S. is obesity

· $39.3 million in lost productivity due to obesity

· 25% of all white children in U.S. are overweight

· 33% of African American and Hispanic children are overweight

· $130 million in hospital costs related to obesity

· One in four overweight children show early signs of Type II Diabetes

· 60% of obese children under the age of 18 have at least one risk factor for heart disease

How’s that for a bottom line?

Can you do the challenge?

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So many great paths to walk on
So many great paths to walk on | Source
Any day is a good day to walk
Any day is a good day to walk | Source

Personal Reflections

This writer is real big on remembering when; I look at the world today and I have no problem coming up with an example from days gone by that shows the change in society.

I was driving by a neighborhood park this afternoon, and the realization hit me that there were no children playing in the park. Now true, it is winter, but there was no rain and the temperature was 42 degrees F. There was not one child playing outside as a matter of fact, park or otherwise.

I have to tell you, that is so strange to me! When we were kids we were outside constantly no matter the weather. If we weren’t playing baseball we were playing football, and if we didn’t have a ball we would play King of the Mountain or just explore the neighborhood. We were riding bikes and playing at the park and…..and…..and.

So where were the kids today when I drove around? Playing on their computer? Watching television? Playing video games? All of the above?

Come to think of it, where were the adults? Playing on the computer? Watching television? Playing video games? All of the above?

I’m going to call it the way I see it, folks, and if it offends some people then oh well! Today’s modern society is getting lazy, and it is costing us dearly. Lazy bodies make lazy minds, or lazy minds make lazy bodies, and the end result is an epidemic of health issues that are getting worse rather than better.

And the only thing that will change this trend is a commitment on the part of the individual. No government can legislate it; no sermon from the pulpit can spur us into action. Each of us is responsible for our health, so the buck stops on our doorstep!

So what do you say? 365/365….can you commit? Do you want to commit to a better, healthier lifestyle? Would you like to live longer, live happier and enjoy life more?

Think about it while you are chowing down on your stockpiled Twinkies and watching Honey Boo Boo!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I like challenges...and I think this is a doable one. One mile a day doesn't seem all that difficult...though in frosty CT I think I might rather walk in the mall. Could be costly for the pocketbook! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie.....LOL...that might be detrimental. :) I have a bit of advantage in that all I have to fight is rain and wind. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      well I am trying once again and it seems to be working. Walking is wonderful..I always come back in a good mood and feeling up. As for diet as you know by my recipes eating healthy is premium...lots of produce. I know you hate salads but I am sure eat enough veggies..or do you? Any kind of exercise is good as long as you do it. Using weight is also important as you age for strength...Great hub so voting up and sharing...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for hanging in there on the comment....the system is glitching again. Veggies??? What are those again? I seem to have forgotten. LOL

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      When the student is ready, the guru appears. Thanks for this hub, billybuc. I've been thinking that I should get back to doing daily walks and exercises. I accept the challenge. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Brian, good to hear! I don't know about you, but I'm at an age where I had best pay attention to my body, and my body is telling me that I feel better when I walk daily. Thank you Sir and Happy New Year to you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I like this challenge too and was doing the exercise bike for 20 minutes a day before Hurricane Sandy and think I may start doing that and once it warms up walk everyday. Sorry, but the cold, me and walking just don't go together. But I can totally do the bike and need to actually get off my butt to work some of the holiday calories off, lol!! Thanks Bill and love this idea!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I think the cold is a pretty valid excuse....as are two small girls. So if you are doing the bike I would say hooray to you and well done. Thank you and have a great weekend my friend!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hmmm. walking would be dually beneficial in this case...and just a thought, but....before you go out walking......print up and make multiple copies of "positive aspirations," and hand them to people where ever you walk!.......UP+++

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      Nicole Pharr 4 years ago

      I love this! It seems so simple but has the potential to have such a great impact on one's health! I look forward to participating in this challenge next year and will actually begin TODAY! No procrastination & no excuses!!!

      Thanks for this!!!

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      Love this, Bill!! Can't wait to get started on this. Another thing I want to get back into this year is Yoga.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      This is a great plan, and you can count me in Bill. I am walking every day this year (currently taking a short break), although I don't know whether it was a mile or not. I plan to increase the amount of walking this year. It helps to have a dog who will remind me when it is time!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Motivating again are we? Well, it's a great challenge but one I won't promise because, I don't make promises that I probably won't keep. Is "I'll try" good enough? :-)

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      1 mile a day sounds like a lot only if you stay focus on the process. By keeping the end in mind how your going to look, feel and change will all be worth the challenge. We need to keep moving if we want to stay healthy. I can commit to this challenge. Wonderful hub!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks for the inspiration, Billy. I'm in. (I'll only miss days if my back is out and I literally can't walk, as happened last week. But I think I can prevent that!)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      What a great idea. I think I can do this, and I love a challenge. Thanks for putting it out there. And by the way, I love the statistics.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I love you! If we lived near each other we would turn our town upside down. The civic leaders would be spinning....hell, we would be the civic leaders! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicole, welcome to my site, and thank you for your response. It does seem simple, doesn't it? Good luck!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ienjoythis.....how are you? I hope you had a great Christmas! I do yoga too, but let it slip somewhat over the past couple months.....no excuses for this boy, and it's time to turn it around. Thank you young lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, great for you, and thank you! We are going to have the healthiest writing site in the world. :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      What is the white stuff in that one photo? ;-)

      This is excellent advice, my friend. People tend to work out too much, thinking that harder you exercise the better, but overexertion raises your stress hormones. This boosts your risks of disease and increases body fat. Walking is a great way to keep physical activity in your life without overdoing it.

      Sorry about that. I started on one of my lectures. Anyway, you know I'm a biker, so I will mix a little walking in there, too.

      But only because I'm working on becoming your favorite out of all of those good-looking people in your family. That's gonna be tough. LOL

      ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, just raising awareness and doing my thing from the pulpit! LOL Anything you do is good enough, Kindred!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catmalone, at first it seems like a long distance, but it goes by so quickly once you get into it. Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SidKemp, you know all about stretching so I won't bore you with that. Good luck and I hope your back allows you to keep at this challenge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen....I live for challenges, and I have allowed them to somewhat disappear from my life until this year. Now I am would up tight and eager to take on the next challenge that I dream up. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, it's good that you have a goal. I'll tell the family about your "challenge" and see how they take it. It's a toss up between you and Allora for second place right now. Bev will always get my nod for 1st place. :) Daddy didn't raise an idiot!

      Good for you and the biking. I used to be a runner, but that's one hell of a torture on knees and ankles and the back, so i don't do it any longer. Walking and hiking....I'm all over that!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Walking is a wonderful exercise, so much easier on your body than running, which I used to do. Our lttle dog gets me out even when the weather would keep me in.

      Now, I am heading out to my yoga class, good for mind and body for sure.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      I am retiring starting the first of the year which gives me more time to write but I know that I am going to have to add some additional physical effort as well. I really wish I had that beautiful Washington countryside to walk in for that effort. I have run and walked many miles over the years but I could alway use a bit more of it. You article gives me the inspiration to raise it up on my priority list for next year. Thanks, Bill! ~WB

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, you and I could be workout partners. Walking and yoga.....I'm with you each and every day. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne my friend, best of luck in retirement. I guess I'm retired, although the number of hours that I write argues against that fact. :) Thank you for stopping by; you are an intelligent man and you know the value of this type of exercise.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Day one. I did it! I put on my long underwear, my winter outerwear, and my Yak-Traks and went out and walked for 37 minutes. According to Google Earth, I walked for 1.43 miles. I am putting on my calendar to report again in one year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, walking in Michigan in December is dedication at its finest. Excellent work my friend; my walk will be this afternoon in considerably better weather. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I am definitely up for this challenge since I don't have a car. There would be plenty more healthy people out there and less smog if more people walked to work each day, walked to the grocery store, walked to the bus stop, etc. I am basically walking at least 30 minutes a day whether I like it or not. The challenge real challenge is walking for 30 minutes back from Target with bags in one hand a 4 x 6 rug thrown over one shoulder! :-) Good advice in this hub and I hope it inspires some of the "non-walkers" of the world.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      May I insert an aside to Jeannieinabottle? Google on:

      personal shopping cart

      Stores like Target, Shopko, Meijers, etc. sometimes have them in stores, and they can be ordered online, starting at circa $25.

      With both a personal shopping cart and a knapsack, you can walk with quite a few groceries. This of course is for warm weather, no snow, months.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I would say you are definitely doing this challenge out of necessity. Bev uses our car, so I don't have one either. It makes walking a pretty easy task when you have no other options. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent Brian! I had no idea that those stores had that program. Thanks for adding that.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thanks, B. Leekley. I have been thinking about getting one. It is always such an adventure walking through grass with tote bags though. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I'm inspired by you and I already walk. LOL

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Awesome billy. Walking is already part of my exercise regime. I walk around the park for 30 minutes three times a week. Not sure if I've been walking a mile though, but I've been doing this for the past two years. I'm up for the challenge starting tomorrow and will start writing down on my journal the days that I will commit to this. This is a great way to start off the New Years.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I like that you pose challenges instead of suggesting resolutions. It creates a different mindset. I am accepting the challenge of moving more for thirty minutes a day, as some days I will walk and some days I will work out to a fun DVD in my warm living room.

      I am also glad that I grew up in a time where kids were always outside. My mother had to drag us in when dinner was on the table. Those were good days :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great challenge Bill! I am with you, although I will need to get a new pedometer to keep me honest---Thanks for this nudge!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This is such a great idea and this hub is very motivating. The first photo reminds me of a rocky trail I did this past November up in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. I haven't done a hub on it....yet, but did take some terrific photos while there.

      Walking is definitely an easy way to get out there and enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful nature trails that most states have. I was at the gym this early a.m. because it was too cold to hit the trail. Now it's afternoon and warmer, and I may go do a 3 miler after reading this hub. I exercise a lot actually but eat too much. Yes that's right I eat too much and it's always not the healthy stuff.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, somehow I just knew you were already doing this. I'll walk alongside of you in this virtual world, Doc, and we'll both be better for it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, they were good days for sure, and I'm on a mission to bring them back. :) Thank you and Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to hear, Audrey! It can only help us, right? Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, I have become lazy with my schedule....I write too much and don't look after myself. That will be changing as a new schedule is called for, one that includes my needs. :) Thank you and Happy New Year!

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Walking helps me think by relieving stress. I did not know that it helps memory function, too - I really do need to walk more!

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      PWalker281 4 years ago

      Interesting that you should write this when I've decided to exercise more in 2013. And walking is the way I typically do it.

      So does walking a total of 7 miles a week, even if you're not doing it every day, count? It rains a lot during the rainy season (Nov - May) here, so I might not be able to get out every day. Plus, my routes are typically 2-3 miles, so I could do 7 miles in three or four walks a week. And what about indoor walking? I have an exercise video called "Walk Away the Pounds" that I often turn to when I can't get out.

      I definitely want to be more active in 2013 so this might be a good way to do it.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      HA! Yeah right....bill...Your NEED is writing!!

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      loyalsudz 4 years ago from East Coast

      Billy, I am definitely up for the 365 challenge. And to, PWalker281, I love the "Walk Away the Pounds" videos, that should be especially helpful. I do a little qigong to help with the stress, too. Good luck to everyone!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      farmloft....LOL....that's a benefit I definitely need. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PW, nice to see you again! I don't know what it is, but I hardly know you but I enjoy your greatly. Some commonalities that I sense....whatever it is, I'm glad when you stop by. Of course 7 miles in a week counts....anything over and above couch surfing counts. LOL Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Paula, you have me figured out perfectly! Have a great weekend buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loyal....qugong????? Explain please! Anyway, great! I love the number of people who have accepted the challenge. Good luck to you!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      billybuc, I will be walking after the first of the year. I've got a plan to get me off the couch - I hope to write again at some point and tell you I committed to a challenge. Maybe not your 365/365 challenge but it is a challenge! Great hub as usual. Something in your hub always makes me laugh! Wish I had a stockpile of twinkies. LOL!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this healthy hub, Bill. We can all use exercise and it may just save some lives. whonu

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Good deeds, walking the width of Florida .... I suppose those of us committed to doing one good deed a day cannot count going for a walk our deed then???? LOL

      GREAT IDEA my friend, I have been out most days here walking with our new family member Coco (black lab) and have no excuse, besides its so beneficial to mind and body!! Go Bill Go!!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, this is great. Every year I track my running miles and then set a goal for the following year. If I didn't run I would be walking. Actually, on the days that I don't run I do go for a walk as a method of recovery. It all adds up to the same message, if you can't give your body 30 minutes a day then ????? then I don't what else to suggest. Great Hub. Happy New Year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Suzie, you crack me up....no, walking for yourself does not count as a good deed for someone else....nice try, though! :) Thank you Irish...give Coco a rub behind the ears for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonu, my pleasure, and thank you! Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keeley, who knew ten years ago that Twinkees would become an endangered species? LOL Thank you for the visit; you are always appreciated here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! My running days are over but I still walk and hike quite a bit....have to stay active if I want to see 70! :) Thanks buddy, and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hi billybuc. I love walking and swear by it. It is so important. My doggie makes me walk. To those who don't walk, I say get a dog! BTW I will be 61 in January and am in top notch shape!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't have a TV, and no internet service. If I want to use my computer, I have to walk a mile and a half. It's simple, really. What is more important?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Before joining Hubpages, i walked on my treadmill for 30 minutes a day, wore ankle weights and hand dumbbells, rode my bike everyday. Everyday i say that i am going to start again, everyday i procrastinate. Heck, i even did ' sweating with the oldies with Richard Simmons and loved it. I am not overweight, obesity turns me off BIG time, but i know i need to exercise more, get away from this darn computer, so maybe i will. You have inspired me once again. Thank you my friend..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, I love testaments from people who live this kind of lifestyle. Way to go my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, enjoying life, friends, and loved ones....those are my priorities....after that it's all window dressing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ruby! I just hope I didn't inspire you so much that we don't see you again on HP! :) I'm being a bit selfish I know. :) Thank you Ruby!

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      What a great inspiring challenge!

      I don't like resolutions either.

      A mile a day is a great place to start!

      Thanks for the motivation; good thing I can watch Honey Boo Boo on my phone while I walk ;)

      Now I just need to find a hat to wear that dingles twinkies in front of me and I'm all set!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Freeze...LOL...you literally had me laughing out loud that time. Very funny! Hey, whatever it takes, right?

      Thank you my friend and Happy New Year!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The only thing that has stopped me from walking, Bill, is the safety factor. If I'm going to walk, I'd rather it be outdoors. When I had my own small home in rural Hillsboro, I practically lived outdoors, working in the yard in every spare moment. I not only had a yard that was the best looking in the neighborhood, but had a well toned bod. Now, living in the city, in an apartment, walking is a dangerous proposition. Not only the traffic, but the people that approach me in the grocery store, library and right outside my door give me pause. I am not a person that looks for excuses, honest, Bill, but I imagine that is why you see so few, if any, children in the parks today. Parents aren't always available to accompany their children and without a trusted adult, playing in a park is too dangerous. Google the registry for sex offenders in your neighborhood or any neighborhood and you may be very surprised at the numbers. Today, with what we know, unless you travel on foot with a group, the risks are daunting. It's true that it is impossible to live in a bubble, and who would want to, but depending on the area you live in, it isn't always easy to feel safe enough to reap the benefits of walking. I am open to any ideas, though, for safe routes to walking for fitness. Other than the safety factor, I agree that walking is fun, free and one of the few beneficial addictions in life.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I was walking 34 block a day (in 4 outings a day) when I got out of the hospital. Then one night, on the day's final walk in Dec. 2010, I couldn't walk anymore. The bathroom is as far as I am allowed to risk. I fall a lot.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Not an unrealistic challenge and I accept it. Couple of things though, I already walk just over a mile to and from work. Should I just tack another mile onto that?

      Also, it's nearly the January and the windstorms are starting up. Rather than risk getting hit by flying branches, debris and/or small children, how about I break out the old (and I mean old) treadmill from the garage and do my mile on that? I promise I'll go outside again once the weather calms down.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great motivating challenge and you are fit, great hub, I can understand, because already this is my routine, but 365/365...no....lol

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Billy, I may be one of those unlucky ones who don't lose the weight when walking. Every day at my job (School District locally), I walk to the main campus, up and down the street as my buses discharge our children, watching to make sure they get off the bus and onto the sidewalk safely, then walk back to the office. Then in the afternoon, I walk back over, walk up and down the street speaking with the teachers and children then walking back over to my office. Total walking distance each day of work. I have done this every school day thus far this year, rain, snow cold wind, hot sun. Each trip over and back is roughly 1 1/4 mile, making it a 2 1/2 mile walk each day, and I have done this every work day over the course of six months and I still weigh way too much! My big belly just won't go away! I am still committed to doing this every day, even on those cold, below zero windy days I know are coming. Gotta do something!

      But I definitely see the value in walking. When the weather is decent, and the days long enough, my wife and I walk another mile or more daily, taking our dogs along for the ride. Good for them, good for us. I'm for this, and will do all I can to lose my belly fat; just don't know how effective it will be. Once year, while working in the big box store that shall remain nameless, I was working overnight management, and arriving home each morning exhausted. I bought a pedometer, set it, and went to work. First night, 12 hour shift, it showed I had walked 12 1/2 miles, all inside the store! Next night showed 12 miles! So I was walking 1 mile every hour for 12 hours straight every night, and still couldn't lose any weight, just got tired. I think it has a life of its own, and refuses to give up anything for the greater good. Ah well, say la vee! (hehehe). Best of luck to everyone, and stay strong and diligent this year!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is a great idea, but I have to ditto Linda on this one. I have become quite sedentary since I quit my job and sit in front of the computer all day every day - and my body reflects it! I will walk when I can and will spend more time on my stair stepper. That much I can promise!

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Bill, I'm up. I walk a mile everyday and usually many more. I love wearing a Pedometer but had a tragic accident about two weeks ago-- are you ready? I flushed it down the toilet! Yep! It fell off & into the bowl. Luckily it didn't mess up the plumbing. I tried to replace it, but I'm at our Mexican home and they don't sell them here! Oh well. But I'm a big fan of walking and I welcome the challenge!

      PS about kids not in neighborhoods-- I agree, their absence is very troubling. it's partly lack of exercise and partly parental fears of safety-- an issue, to be sure, but an issue that is hugely exaggerated relative to the actual risks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I'm sorry to hear that.....some day maybe you will tell me about this affliction. I truly would be interested in hearing about it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it sounds to me like you already meet this challenge. Windstorms in the UK? Sounds like the treadmill is the way to go. Thank you friend; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Girishpuri, thank you my friend! Any exercise is good exercise, so good for you for already walking. I hope you are well; have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have become sedentary as well, but that changes as soon as I finish my 365th hub....then my schedule and priorities change, and exercise will be scheduled into each day. :) Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Louisa, that is indeed tragic. LOL Sorry for laughing. As for kids in the neighborhood, I too believe the fear is overwhelming some parents, and I think that is a dangerous thing. It teaches kids to grow up with fear rather than common sense. :) Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, honestly, I have never lived in the inner city like you are, so I am somewhat spoiled. You are right, of course, about the dangers and I don't know that I have a solution to that. I remember going back to Washington D.C. for a teacher workshop back in 1997. We stayed at the Radisson by Dupont Circle, a very nice hotel and quite elegant. They told us at the desk to enjoy our stay but to stay off the streets at night because that was when the "second" population came out.....and they were right. I would look out the window of my room after dark and it was amazing and terrifying to see the landscape change.

      As always, I appreciate you. Thank you and I hope your New Year is a wonderful one....or at least improved. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'll tell you, we reach a certain age and that belly fat just won't come off. I'm there now; I have become sedentary because of writing and laziness, and I am disgusted by a belly that I have never had to deal with. I feel sluggish and old for the first time in my life. I don't know the solution but I'm going to find it. :) I'm not ready for the rest home yet!!!

      Thank you my friend; I have to go see your new hub; be there shortly.

      Happy New Year to your and your lovely bride!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I couldn't agree with you more...however....I HATE cold weather and will not go out in the cold (tonight's temperature is predicted to be 12 degrees). I will walk my legs off when its warm or cool, but not cold. Therefore, dearest friend, I have to turn down this challenge as I can't do the 365/365. I do think its a great idea and voted it up and useful.

      BTW, hope you and Bev have a wonderful and healthy New Year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I have the advantage of living in rainy Washington, so it's a little easier for me to commit to this. :) Thank you and again, Happy New Year!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, you do make a very sound case for walking for health with all these stats and facts. Well done my friend!

      Voting this up, useful and passing it on. Have a great New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rajan, and Happy New Year to you as well....even though you have you New Year in April if I'm not mistaken. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Yes I definitely want to make a commitment, you have convinced me with your hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you Vellur! Thank you for the visit and Happy New Year to you!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      I believe in walking exercise. I don't know if I will be able to do one mile every day. But I'm sure I will be able to average out to one mile per day. That is because I might skip a day on the weekdays, but I make up for it by walking more in the weekends.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      Lovely pictures,Billy! I love walking in the woods. Especially, in the mountain area. The health benefits are tremendous. This hub motivates people to walk that extra mile in their lives. Well done,buddy!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sadly...i cannot tell a lie...lol..Also - i hate setting myself up for failure..

      Honestly Bill - i adore your heart and purity of motivation, but on this one - i'm afraid i can't commit - or as they say on 'Shark Tank' - I'm OUT! lol..

      You see - i committed a looooong time ago - in a place far, far away...(haha), and, for some reason - i could never get back into the 'swing' of a gym after i...broke(and i don't necessarily mean bones..)..

      After training 6/hrs/day, and then coaching and then instructing and then...blahblahblah - i'm lucky if i'm motivated to walk to my car and back..lol..

      BUT - i do adore hot yoga and try to do it at least 2x/wk. i KNOW i could probably use a little more...structure - in a lot of areas, but - again - while you were wandering in your desert - i was 'structured' to within an inch of my life - and quite literally almost lost it. Now - i seem to just go with the flow...For instance - i never wear a watch...right now it's 4;30 am...i couldn't sleep at around 3;15 so hopped on my stairmaster for 7 whole minutes..(lol..cause - i'm soooo not committed...)

      I have no excuse but i just spent tooo much time in a structured gym environment to commit to anything physical on a daily basis! Plus...i love my 'fat' and HATE the cold! Seriously..

      How's that for knowing oneself? sigh..

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Bill! I needed to read this today. I haven't done any exercise in two weeks and have been eating non-stop! Although it's not comfortable for me to walk around my neighbourhood during the week (we stay close to the railway, etc.), I do most of this on the weekends. During the week I workout with DVDs, if I had the choice, I'd much rather take a jog or walk in nature every day. On the weekends, I walk dogs which is about 6km, or jog on the beach...around 3-4km. I love your idea though. I think more people need to get off their lazy bums and enjoy the sun/fresh air.

      "I’m going to call it the way I see it, folks, and if it offends some people then oh well!" - I second that!

      Great post! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bliss, I think it's the averaging that is important, and the conviction to keep doing it. Most who work out take days off; it only makes sense to do so. Thank you my friend and Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, thank you, and now I see you have a new hub, so I'll be along shortly to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I'll respond as soon as I stop laughing!

      Okay, I'm back and recovered. Of course you don't like that environment; who would after what you went through? I love your reasoning, and from the pictures I've seen of you, I'm not seeing a lot of fat to love. LOL

      Thank you my dear; I wish we could meet to I could absorb the entirety of Leslie. I totally enjoy you and love having you as a kindred spirit.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, you jog on the beach??? I am more jealous daily! I can't imagine living in that climate.....oh well....here one better grow accustomed to outdoor activities in the rain. We do adjust but it isn't much fun. :)

      Thank you dear lady and Happy New Year.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I may just have to try this Bill, although I have already tought of cheating by walking more than 1 mile so I don't have to walk everyday! Don't think too harshly of me. Just worried about snow and sickness. I'll keep you posted!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, in snowy country I think that kind of cheating is warranted. :) Stay healthy and give it your best shot, and thank you. Happy New Year and thank you for your friendship.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi billybuc, definitely doable if I get up earlier or walk in the afternoon. No excuses here, I just need to make the commitment. Thanks for the challenge. Up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jan, and thank you for all that you do to make this world a better place. Happy New Year to you!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great commitment for everyone to make. You're so right about children playing in the park. That seems to be ancient history in America, and sadly it leads to obesity and other health issues. Children do play outside here in Peru, but that may soon become a thing of the past with the improving economy and the fact that many families now have computers, video games, etc. We can still commit to take care of our bodies, though. Thank you for this reminder!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, isn't it interesting that you mentioned that improved economies could lead to less play....I strongly believe that is one of the problems. Thank you for that and Happy New Year.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I'm already started - a mile a day as long as my back is not screaming in pain. Doing those stretches, too. I'm aiming to grow to 3 miles a day, then alternate fit-trail and time at the beach.

      And I've linked to this hub from my own latest hub - you might just enjoy a different take: New Years Resolutions That Work: 5 Tips to success.

      Happy new year, and thanks for all that you do!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Way to go, Sid, and thank you for the link. I'll visit yours shortly. Happy New Year to you!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Happy New Year! All the best for 2013. Do you know that another shooting took place last night in California? Unbelievable! I wrote it about it. check it out when you have time. It upset me to read this first thing this morning. You have some really good hubs. I have to catch up!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      We all have to make the time to exercise an hour a day. Noone likes it. It is just something that we must do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I just read your hub and it upset me too. I had not heard of it until you wrote your hub.

      I have very few answers, but I know for a fact what we are doing as a country is not working.

      Happy New Year kind lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, I agree, and I start tomorrow. :) Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great challenge, Bill. I run about three miles every other day but walking is another form of exercise I would enjoy. I know walking is a good way to lose weight, boost your immune system and diminish stress. I applaud your efforts of encouraging others to adopt this way of life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I hope you had a good New Year's. Running....at my age I don't even consider it any longer. I used to run a lot...now walking is what I feel comfortable doing. :)

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      I really like that you emphasize to start small. I think this way people will seem less intimidated and might actually start! Walking has other benefits too: you can do some walking meditations, or even join 'walking groups' and it's a chance to socialize!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sarah! Bev and I walk together daily; it gives us a chance to unwind and have uninterrupted conversations...plus the health benefits of course.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a great resolution. I go to the gym for a hardcore workout. Walks outdoors are my way of recharging. A mile a day could do wonders for the mind, body, and spirit. Very inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I just started back up. Walking is my way of clearing my head and allowing myself to regenerate....I have to do it or I become a crazy man, and that is never a good thing. :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great challenge, Bill

      I already walk and since I walk in Florida for real this will be a good one for me. I used to walk four miles a day and somehow got side tracked. So my goal is to get back to that number again.

      I love walking for so many reasons not the least of which is the beautiful flowers and critters that I see when I walk. ...it is just good for the soul.

      And in my town too and neighboring towns there are not many kidoes playing in the gorgeous parks that I would have loved as a child.

      One thing that troubles me is that taking PE out of schools is often on the table when it comes to cutting expense. That makes me crazy. Our kids are already suffering from a serious wave of obesity---take PE out of school and some of them may get NO exercise...but that is a story for another day..sounds like a hub for YOU, billybuc.

      Sending you Angels, my friend, on this eighth day of our new year. :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, Florida, it seems to me, is made for walking challenges. No hills to speak of, decent weather year round....and no kids in the parks. Sigh! Yes, the PE situation, and all the other cuts in the Arts, bothers me something fierce. Communities need to stand up against it, but most don't. Just not a big enough issue for many....and that alone is sad.

      The angels are always welcome my dear; thank you so much.

      hugs coming your way

      bill

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great idea! I love walking. If the weather is not so hot or not so cold, I´m on my way. When I´m in the Philippines, some neighbours think that I´m so stingy not to spent 5 pesos for a tricycle ride to the market or elsewhere. But for me, it´s not about the money, it´s about the health benefits I can get by walking. People nowadays are getting lazy in walking and complaining about their bad health conditions. Well, life is what you make it. Isn´t it? Thanks for sharing Bill;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, we are in complete agreement; life is what you make it. I wouldn't spend the 5 pesos either.

      Thank you, as always, for taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Totally agree with you billy on how we have become lazy as a society. Even when I was younger, we had video games, and all sorts of other distractions but my friends and I would still go out and play football, basketball, baseball, tag, something! Being active is one of my favorite things, but sometimes occasionally I find myself on the computer a little too long, or something else that distracts from doing what I should. I love walking, hiking, and just in general getting out and seeing the world. Sometimes, like Bilbo, you just need to get a little nudge out of the door. Thanks a lot Gandalf, I will be a strolling today! Voting up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas....LOL...Gandalf! Great line! Thank you buddy; I think we all need a little nudge now and then.

      bill

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