FAMOUS BRISK WALKERS

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  Scholars who study the brain and healthy living say we are smarter when we walk. Stanford psychologist claim walkers are mabe 60% smarter than sitters. So let’s all get out and walk briskly for 30 or 40 minutes today and every day henceforth and the creative juices will flow.

I did my own research by googling to find out what famous and smart people are or were brisk walkers.

Well, a long time ago the likes of Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche, two great teachers of human behavior were serious daily brisk walkers.

When it comes to creative juices add Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Charles Dickens as impressive additions to the list of brisk walkers. We do know that they didn’t have automobiles or pickups so maybe they had to walk fast to get to where they were going.

Harry Truman was on that Famous Walker list. I remember reading General Douglas MacArthur’s biography and he tells of his brisk walk on a beach with President Harry Truman. That walk and Generals Mac’s getting fired was one big day in world history. Mark Zuckerberg is a brisk walker and just passed Warren Buffet in wealth. I bet he drinks more water and less soda pop than Warren. Is that enough proof that walking is good for your health?

The late Steve Jobs did most of his tough negotiating when walking. He was famous for his walks through shopping centers with a supplier, customer or competitor. His biographies are filled with his walking history.

The list of people who walk briskly and get healthy results has shown me the importance of a daily brisk walking routine. Next to smoking, I believe that sitting on our butt is a sure bet to choose a short life span. A sedentary lifestyle is not a real smart choice.

 The July issue of Success Magazine features Peter Diamandis.  His goal is to help us live to 150 or a lot longer. He is an MD, an engineer, a cofounder of Hunan Longevity Inc., and a leader in the space travel industry. He is a leader in changing our society ideas of aging and health care. He is a healthy 55. He stands up to do a lot of his work, has a treadmill at his desk, and has walking meetings and conferences. Peter sits less and less all the time.

In the last 60 days, I have done two things differently. You might want to try them.

  • Stand up to read, answer and delete E-mail
  • Stand up to do Facebook

Peter Diamandis says that 100 is the new 60. In my last physical ,84 is the new 35. My body is better right now. My phone, my typewriter, TV, and car are better. My advisor, Snoopy says I should act 35 and stay with it. (want to see my tattoo?)

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To live a healthy life

  • Drink lots of WATER
  • For FOOD, choose 5 or more fresh or fresh frozen fruits and veggies and nuts every day
  • WALK briskly 20 to 40 minutes every day
  • SLEEP 7 or more hours each day

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