An idea for something to do this weekend
Take a frickin’ walk.
The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).
That’s from the CDC. America! Seriously? Thirty-eight percent of us don’t walk for 10 minutes or more in a given week? Are you serious? A 10-minute walk is like a trip around a regular-sized block. Hey, also? It’s summer. Pretty decent walk-taking weather! Too hot in the afternoon? Take a walk in the morning! Too cold in the morning? Too rainy? Too tiring? I do not care. Take a walk.
Also: if you’re sitting there right now, laughing at the schlubs who don’t take walks: How many do you take, tough guy? One? Two? Take more. You should be walking right now, in fact. If you’re not rocking one of these treadmill desks, you’re being lazy.
Did you know that walking is an Olympic sport? It is. Guess how many medals the oh-so-great U.S. won in walking. That’s right: not a single one. The Russians and Chinese won a bunch. The U.S. did no better than 26th.
Is that the face you want to present to the world, America? America: Land of the 26th-best walkers in the world? No. No, it isn’t. America should be No. 1 at everything we do, but you sitting there, reading this while lying in a bucket of pudding, are doing nothing to help us achieve that goal.
I mean, we’re already in like 90th when it comes to infographics.
“People walk to get to places they want to go when places are nearby.” Insightful, CDC.
Walk. Make America No. 1 again. Stop complaining.
Oh, and also? “Inactive adults have higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.” So, a little extra motivation.
[Editor's note: Philip Bump is anti-West Wing, but that's not going to stop me from adding this video to his post:]
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