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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Breaking: walking is good for you


In Why I Walk, I devote a chapter to the health benefits of walking to the individual. There's also a plethora of good info on the internets about how putting one foot in front of the other on a regular basis helps everything from your heart to your joints and so much more. Here's a short piece on 8 items from Rodale News. From the post:

A lot of attention has been paid to getting in 10,000 steps of walking, jogging or running a day. A 40-minute, two-mile walk will chip away half of those steps, and everyday activities can usually accumulate the other half.

Here's one of the eight that caught my eye:

Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. At the four-year follow-up, they found that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27 percent lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. This could be the result of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.

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