Me in the Middle of the World of Walking ~ Part 3

This is my third post on a course I’m taking.  Walking has been my exercise of choice whether at the fitness center, traveling, or walking around the neighborhood where I live.

When OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) with the University of Virginia offered the Fall Course ~ The World of Walking ~, I was totally on-board.  What could this instructor, Dan Kulund, possibly introduce us to about ‘Walking’ that would fill up a six-week, hour and half weekly class on The World of Walking.  My first post on The World of Walking covered some of the styles of walking and tips on good walking form.  My Second Post (here) covers some of the interesting history of City Walking and how things have changed.  This third post covers country walking and tips on using a walking stick.  

Dr. Kulund, a retired orthopedist, is an expert at walking and its health benefits.  The class is educational in both the slide presentations of the history of walking plus the experience of walking in a group and learning exercises and techniques along the way.

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Walking Stick

Walking Sticks

I bought my walking stick at the museum gift shop at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Now that I’ve taken this course and learned a few exercises you can do as your walking along the trail, I’ll be bring my walking stick along with me when I walk the Saunders-Monticello Trail. 

  • PUSH:  Up over your head ~ Out in front
  • PULL:  Curls; Half-jacks from waist up;
  • MIXED:  Squats using stick for support; Lunges (step back/drop knee to ground) 

In my area we also have a neurologist designed of special walking sticks called Neuro Staff.   (You can go to his website by clicking on the link)  You might be able to  find a similar product in your area.

The Staff of Asclepius is a medical symbol and refers to the Greek God of Healing:

 

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“The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you. Walking is the best possible exercise.”

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Country Walking

Country Walking

Me in the Middle of the World of Walking Part 2

 

Pedestrian Walking #2

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This is my second post on a course I’m taking.  Walking has been my exercise of choice whether at the fitness center, traveling, or walking around the neighborhood where I live.

When OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) with the University of Virginia offered the Fall Course ~ The World of Walking ~, I was totally on-board.  What could this instructor, Dan Kulund, possibly introduce us to about ‘Walking’ that would fill up a six-week, hour and half weekly class on The World of Walking.  My first post on The World of Walking covered some of the styles of walking and tips on good walking form.  This second post covers some of the interesting history of City Walking and how things have changed.  Dr. Kulund, a retired orthopedist, is an expert at walking and its health benefits.  The class is educational in both the slide presentations of the history of walking plus the experience of walking in a group and learning exercises and techniques along the way.

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I’ve always wondered why they called it JAYWALKING, haven’t you?

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There was a time when folks in the city would walk all over and being a pedestrian was the most common form of getting around besides the horse and buggy.  Trolley cars came on the scene and traveled 10 miles per hour so it was easy for pedestrians to safely coexist on city streets with street cars traveling along on their tracks.  There were no curbs, no sidewalks ……… just trolley cars and walkers. 

Along came the automobile in the 1930’s and with it the ever increasing speed of transit.  Over the years it’s become a safety issue for pedestrians to find safe places to walk.  As speed limits changed by law it was found that deaths of pedestrians did also ~ @ 20 MPH 1 out of 10 deaths, @30 MPH 5 out of 10 deaths and @ 30 MPH 9 out of 10 deaths.  Sidewalks and curbs were included as safety measures to protect walkers.

Trolley Car Conspiracy

 

Now there’s a movement to return to lower speed limits and pedestrian-only roadways.

Travel By Foot: Walkable Cities Around The World

 

 

 

Me in the Middle of The World of Walking

 

Women, Walk, City, Blue, Good Looking

Image from Pixabay

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Walking has been my go-to outlet down through the years.  Whether for exercise, weight-loss, stress-release or just plain relaxation, walking has always served me well.

So, when OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) with the University of Virginia offered the Fall Course ~ The World of Walking ~, I was totally on-board.  What could this instructor, Dan Kulund, possibly introduce us to about ‘Walking’ that would fill up a six-week, hour and half weekly class on The World of Walking.  Over the next few weeks I hope to bring you up-to-date on what we cover.  It’ll be a way for me to reinforce what we’ve learned and pass it on to you.

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Ordinary Human Walks from A to Z

Amble ~ Bounce ~ Creep ~ Dance ~ Eggshell ~ Falter ~ Glide ~ Hobble ~ Idle ~ Jaunt ~ Knock-kneed ~ Lurch ~ March ~ Navigate ~ Plod ~ Quickstep ~ Race ~ Strut ~ Tiptoe ~ Undulate ~ Vacillate ~ Waddle ~ X-ing ~ Yaw ~ Zenwalk  (And many, many more!)  

I was strolling on the moon one day

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Walking Form

Dan Kulund ~ The World of Walking

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