Walking Club Check-In: Walk Your Way Clear Across the Country

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

walking mapWelcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

Today, I want to inspire you to take a walk clear across the country. Before you think I'm crazy, just hear me out...

I took a look on Wikipedia to see if anyone's ever walked across the United States. I would have been surprised to find one, but there are 29 people who have walked clear across the country. 

For example:

* Mycle Brandy (59) and a four-time stroke survivor walked clear from CA to Washington, DC to raise awareness of how dangerous a sedentary lifestyle is to stroke. His walk raised more than $10,000 for the American Heart Association.

* Rick Hammersley (60) walked from California to Coney Island NY. It took him 215 days, 6 hours, and 24 minutes to cover a distance of 3,206.75 miles. His walk raised $9,819.11 for charity.

* Margie McCauley (67) walked from her home in Landers, CA to her sister's home in Connecticut.

* Al Slusser (71) walked from San Diego, CA to Annapolis, MD. His walk took 220 days to travel a distance of 3,188 miles. Al walks to raise awareness for disabled senior citizens.

Now, I'm not suggesting that you set off for a cross country trek, unless of course you want to. But I am suggesting that you consider your own virtual cross-country walk, right in your own neighborhood. All you need is a good road map, one that gives you distances, and a highlighter.

Plot your route on the map with the highlighter, then as you do your regular walks use another color highlighter to plot how long the distance would be on the map. You can do a 1:1 ratio--meaning you log a mile on the map for every mile you walk in real life. Or, you can convert your mileage, logging 10 or even 100 virtual miles on the map for every real mile you walk. You can see how long it takes you to make your own cross-country journey.

Now it's your turn:

1) What's the longest walk you've ever taken?

2) If you walked this week, please log your days, time, or miles walked.

Enjoy your Saturday, and Happy Walking!

Karen


Remember to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

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