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The Walking Revolution

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • U.S. inactivity and sedentary lifestyles cause obesity and other health problems
  • Car-based lifestyles based on commuting from suburbs to job sites have greatly increased inactivity
  • Incorporating walking into personal lifestyles can lower blood pressure, reduce susceptibility to diabetes and lower the risk of developing some cancers and cognitive decline
  • Walkable communities and parks are making a comeback, often through the efforts of citizen activists
  • Many, including the elderly, have taken up mall walking; in some places children now walk to school via "walking school buses"

Most of us have some idea about the dangers of inactivity — the too common lifestyle that consists of going from the "couch to the car to the cube." But many think the alternative to a sedentary life is active working out and a gym membership.

The excellent documentary "The Walking Revolution," which grew out of the Kaiser Permanente Every Body WALK! campaign, shows that the alternative to inactivity can be a simple, fun and free activity. It is called walking.

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