Tagged With walking

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Escalator walkers and escalator standers are forever locked in struggle—they are like toilet paper over-the-roll installers and under-the-roll installers, or GIF pronouncers, or one-spacers and two-spacers, only brought head to head every day in the malls, airports, offices, train exits, and sundry moving staircases of the world.

And the real-world evidence, it seems, is on the side of the standers. Walkers are a bottleneck, and they’re slowing each other — and the standers — down.

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They say any amount of walking is better than none at all. While that's true, a major health improvement requires more than the occasional five-minute stroll. So how much is enough? Here's what the experts think.

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More exercise is better than less, but beyond that, there’s nothing special about taking 10,000 steps each day.

That goal may have started with a popular Japanese pedometer of the 1960s named manpo-kei, the “10,000-step meter.” It was just a catchy name, but it stuck because it’s a good goal for at least some of us. 10,000 steps is roughly five miles — challenging but not impossible to fit into a busy day.

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A desire path is one worn into being by people walking the same route over and over, off the paved or “approved” path. Some of you will find them calming, some will find them infuriating. The latter should calmly walk away right now, on asphalt only.

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I love long walks and runs, but I don't tend to go on many of them for one reason: I get bored. Walking 8km (or 16) is boring. My Pandora playlist and podcasts can only keep me so entertained, and after 3km I tend to get distracted enough about things I need or want to do at home that I call it quits. At the gym, I came up with a solution for this by watching a TV show or movie on my iPad. Outside, which is my preference, I started walking to destinations.

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Walking is free, easy and can get you from A to B - but does it “count” in terms of how much exercise we need? Let's take a look at the science.

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Video: Laika animator Kevin Parry's "100 Walks" is a reference video for animators that's pretty fun for the rest of us, too. If you really want to use these walks as a reference, there's a straightforward version on YouTube, but this Twitter version moves faster and has a snappy soundtrack. Our favourites are "flower child" and "hot tea".

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Picture the scene: you're enjoying a seaside stroll in some airy rubber thongs when one of the Y-shaped straps suddenly snaps. You're now forced to hobble around with bare feet on scolding hot pavement. Tch, eh?

The next time you suffer this summer indignation, impress your friends with this DIY repair. All you need is a nut and a washer.