Zero exercise is not enough. Going for a walk every day is probably a good thing. And if you're training for a marathon, you'll be on your feet for a couple hours of hard workouts every week. But what is the benchmark for a human being just trying to squeeze enough healthy exercise into their life? Let's break it down.
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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.
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".
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.
A lot of people refuse to try meditation because they don't want to sit in silence for extended periods of time. Walking meditation let's you enjoy all of the mental benefits while adding some physical benefits as well.
You know the scenario. You're looking for a creative idea and it's just not coming. Inspiration isn't exactly cooperative. If you're in need of an idea and don't have time to set yourself up for inspiration, try going for a walk.
You probably spend too much of your day sitting. Join a walking group to get more physical exercise into your routine. Walking groups also present you with the opportunity to meet new people.
A new Australian study has confirmed what most of us already know: texting on your mobile phone makes you walk like a short-sighted drunkard. Scientists have found that writing messages on the move drastically alters a person's posture, gait, balance and ability to walk in a straight line, which may pose additional risks to pedestrian safety. Face, meet lamppost.
"Can I park my motorbike on a pedestrian footpath? I see other bikes parked outside my street all the time," enquires Lifehacker reader Anonibiker. The answer depends on a number of factors, including where you live, the diligence of parking inspectors in your area and whether you're brave enough to take a gamble...