The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym

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If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Don’t just take my word for it—look to the longest-lived people in the world for proof.

People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms.

Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they grow gardens, walk throughout the day, and minimize mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

In fact, Blue Zones researchers determined that routine natural movement is one of the most impactful ways to increase your life span, and a common habit among the world’s longest-lived populations.

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Top 20 most dangerous U.S.cities for pedestrians

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Florida holds the top four on the list with the most dangerous places to walk in America.

The 2011 edition of the “Dangerous by Design” report has just been released by Transportation for America, which calculated the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) in metro areas around the country. Cities where people walk more have more pedestrian deaths, so the index plots the number of pedestrians who die against the number of people who walk.

 

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Circular Walking Bookshelf

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A new twist on circular reasoning?

DAVID GARCIA STUDIO is an experimental architectural platform and has put forth some pretty awesome and thought provoking creations including this circular walking book case. From the site:

The Archive Series are investigations on space and books, aiming to blur the borders between art and design. Clearly non functional, they aim to appeal to the senses, creating a narrative which more often than not, reaches the absurd…

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People Really Do Walk in Circles When Lost But We Don’t Know Why

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Orientation experiment in the desert. 

Humans can’t walk in straight lines. If there’s no fixed point of reference, we just walk in circles and inevitably get lost. Nobody knows why, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have confirmed it in several experiments. (pics)

 

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Walking Six Miles a Week May Keep Your Brain From Shrinking in Old Age

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Study showed that those who walked at least six miles had less age-related brain shrinkage than people who walked less.

Walking at least six miles a week may be one thing people can do to keep their brains from shrinking and fight off dementia, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

 

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Fashion Shoes = Cruel & Unusual Punishment

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The painful price of fashion

About 90 percent of the people who have foot problems are women. Orthopedic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center say this is because of the fashionable, yet uncomfortable, shoes many women wear. High heels can cause foot and ankle problems when worn for extended periods of time. Cramming feet into pointy-toed shoes can cause painful foot deformities. However, the people who designed these shoes simply don’t care. (Pics)

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Energy-Recycling Foot Makes It Easier For Amputees To Walk

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What’s better than an artificial nose? Why, an artificial foot, of course! University of Michigan researchers have developed a new prosthetic foot that could one day make it much easier for amputees to walk. Put simply, this new prototype drastically cuts the energy spent per step, as it harnesses the energy exerted when taking a step and enhances the power of ankle push-off. The device is able to capture dissipated energy, and an inbuilt microcontroller tells the foot to return the energy to the system at precisely the right time.

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Power All Your Own Gadgets

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Use walking and leg work outs for a benefit besides just getting a ripped physique

Ngalande’s Green Erg generator is a wheeled device, attached by a simple harness that’s designed to trundle along behind a person who’s walking. As the user walks along, the rubber-coated rollers keep in good contact with the ground–even on rough, bumpy terrain–and spin a dynamo that generates power. Continue reading… “Power All Your Own Gadgets”

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Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence

Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence 

Riding on horseback not only eases back pain, but also boosts the rider’s confidence and emotional well being, according to a new study.   The findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that horseback riding and related equine assistance therapy programs for disabled and injured individuals benefit human participants.

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