Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target? – The New York Times

Very interesting research on postal service workers in Scotland, but already on the books.

My ongoing research confirms that brisk walking, while mixing in occasional intervals, and even 30 second run bursts yields greatest health benefits. However, it will be very difficult for most of us to sustain a 4 minute walking pace, for even an hour. A confounding variable here is that the postal workers are also carrying weight on their packs.

Wait! Isn’t this power walking, or heaven forbid, brisk backpacking?

Functional fitness may well demand dramatic lifestyle choices, like moving to the Maine woods and working the land, or living in a city and giving up a car and walking instead of using public transportation. I’m not kidding!

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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