Monday, May 4, 2009

Walk Around

Walking is one of the easiest, most therapeutic activities we can do for our bodies, and the benefits are numerous. Just 30 minutes of walking a day helps to manage weight, control blood pressure, decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, colon cancer and diabetes, and also helps to boost mental health, reducing anxiety and depression, allowing you to handle stress more effectively, improves self esteem, and helps you to sleep better.

Though walking has its obvious benefits for us, it also has huge benefits for the environment as well. According to a CNN study, if each American were to walk for half an hour a day instead of driving, we could save the planet 64 million tons of carbon dioxide, 6.5 million gallons of gas, and incidentally lose 13 pounds a year and keep it off.

Websites such as help find walkable places to live by calculating the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc., and measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking. The Surterre office in Newport Beach scored 88 out of 100, making the area "very walkable."

Check out your score today, grab a friend or a loved one, and start walking!

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