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10 ways to get the most from walking

From frequency and stride to what to do with your arms, here’s how to get the world’s easiest fitness fix.

There is so much fetishizing of exercise. What with the gadgets and gear and just-right outfits – the Lycra! The Lululemon! – at times fitness is more like maintaining membership at an exclusive club.

But the beautiful, gentle act of walking, that’s different.

Walking is not about gear or clothes or expertise; it’s easy, cheap, and exceedingly kind to the body. Walking for the sake of taking a walk is emotionally as well as physically pleasing; walking for the sake of getting somewhere is cheaper and easier on the planet than driving. And for whatever reason you find yourself walking, it’s a great form of exercise. Walking is a win-win-win-win.

With the CDC recommending 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week, walking is a wonderful way to fulfill the quota. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has a good list of tips for maximizing a walking workout, from which I’ve expanded upon here.

Read 10 ways to get the most from walking by Melissa Breyer at Treehugger.

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August 29, 2018 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Aging in the Age of Climate Change

After water poured into lower Manhattan subway lines, two million Con Ed customers lost power and Breezy Point took a direct Hurricane Sandy hit, Cornell University’s Elaine Wethington now examines the toll on senior citizens in the wake of major storms and climate change.

July 30, 2018 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

10-Minute Neighborhoods: The Low-Tech Solution to Almost* Everything

Health. Energy. Climate. Crime. Education. Happiness. Water. Housing. What if it were possible to make headway on all these issues with simple changes to our neighborhoods?

What if we could cut our medical costs in half? What if we could give the average American an added five years of healthy life? What if we could cut our energy use, our water use, and our greenhouse gas emissions by more than half while improving our happiness and prosperity? What if we could provide affordable housing for millennials staggering under student loan debt? What if we could help elders age gracefully in a connected community, with their mobility and cognition intact? What if we could create communities where children can experience both safety and independence? What if we could cut in half the cost of essential services provided by cities and towns?

Read10-Minute Neighborhoods: The Low-Tech Solution to Almost* Everything by Karen Allen at Musings.

June 11, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Provincial Party Responses 2018

Make your vote count: find out where the parties stand. The next Government of Ontario will inherit a province facing many significant environmental challenges, from climate change and ongoing loss of biodiversity to a steady build up of toxics and pollutants in our air, water and land.  Strong actions will be required to address these problems and to position Ontario to benefit in a world rapidly moving toward a low-carbon future and embracing the need for more sustainable economic and social systems. We asked all parties to describe their vision for making Ontario an environmental leader and how they will enhance the quality of life of all of its residents.

We have invited all four parties to submit any additional policies or information as the election progresses, and we will note when new information has been added.

Read Party Responses 2018 at Green Prosperity.

June 4, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

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It could, if the results stand up, be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure? No, it’s a newfangled intervention called community.

What this provisional data appears to show is that when isolated people who have health problems are supported by community groups and volunteers, the number of emergency admissions to hospital falls spectacularly.

Read The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community by George Monbiot at The Guardian.

March 19, 2018 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

7 Vitamins and Minerals You Need in Your Plant-Based Diet

Eating a varied diet rich in whole grains, plant-based protein, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables is the key to good health and also the secret to be able to tap into a neverending source of energy. Aside from fueling our bodies with macronutrients, plant-based foods also provide vitamins and minerals essential to keeping our cognitive functions and metabolism revved up.

Curious about which micronutrients can help you think faster, focus more, and overall keep you jostling with energy to be your most efficient productive self? Here are 7 of the main ones

Read 7 Vitamins and Minerals You Need in Your Plant-Based Diet at One Green Planet.

January 29, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

Image result for vegetarianA balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can provide many health benefits.

These diets have been associated with weight loss, better blood sugar control, a decreased risk of heart disease and a lower risk of certain types of cancer (1, 2, 3, 4).

However, it can be challenging to maintain a well-rounded vegetarian diet that provides all the nutrients you need.

This article uncovers some of the most common mistakes people make on a vegan or vegetarian diet, and how to avoid them.

Read 12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet by Rachel Link, MS, RD at EcoWatch.

September 25, 2017 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

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