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8 Jun

The Definitive Guide to Walking

walkingAt first glance, this title probably threw you off. I mean, a guide to walking? Are we moderns really that dysfunctional that we can’t even walk correctly? C’mon, Sisson – you must be out of ideas.

Bear with me, here.

It may seem silly to need a definitive guide to walking, but I think we do. First off, walking is no longer necessary for basic everyday survival. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part, the average person reading this blog can get by just fine without walking more than a couple hundred yards each day. Whether via buses, trains, cars, bikes, or delivery services, you’re not going to starve or die of thirst just because you don’t or can’t walk. I’ll argue that walking is an essential human activity that we ignore to our ultimate detriment, but millions of people do exactly that and think nothing of it. Progress? In a wider societal sense, sure. But on an individual level, people still need to walk.

Second, because walking is no longer “necessary,” we – the general, inclusive “we,” not necessarily the Vibram-clad elite – have forgotten how, when, where, and why to walk. Our technique is shot, we lack proper scope (a mile sounds daunting), we don’t even think to make time for regular walking for walking’s sake, and walking is seen as the last resort to be employed only when the tire’s busted, the train isn’t running, or the bus is late. Kids don’t walk home from school anymore (what, with all the lurking pedophiles?), people hop in the car to run down to the corner market.

I don’t always like to pull the “Grok logic” card, because it doesn’t always apply to our current situation. Here, though? Yeah. It makes sense, so pull it I shall. Walking is our birthright. The weird way we humans do it – obligatorily upright, hands free to wield tools and weapons, harsh sunlight coming at us from an angle instead of head on, relatively generous glutes making the whole production go – gives us a survival advantage. Well, it gave us enough of one to help us blanket the globe with funny shaped footprints. And our feet aren’t exclusive to homo sapiens: a 1.5 million-years old homo ergaster footprint preserved in Kenyan mud reveals that hominids have been using essentially the same feet and the same stride for hundreds of thousands of years. That means that before our big complex brains hit the scene, the same feet you enjoy today were stomping mud and carrying our distant ancestors around. These feet are millions of years in the making. I’d say that’s a pretty good track record, and I think it’d be a shame if you didn’t utilize them.

Grok walked a lot. Heck, he walked everywhere. Riding animals didn’t appear until after the agricultural revolution, so unless you buy into the ancient aliens theory, you accept that our paleolithic ancestors relied on self-ambulation to get around. It seems pretty plausible to suggest that we’re probably well-adapted to walking on a regular basis. I’d even go so far as to posit that walking might even be highly beneficial to our health and well-being. Given our extensive history with the activity, you might even say our genes “expect” us to walk.

What does the evidence show? Surprise, surprise: walking is good for you and enacts multiple beneficial changes in our bodies. To name a few:

I could go on but I won’t. Suffice it to say, walking is overall a healthy activity. I don’t think there’s any disputing that. Besides, droning on about the physiological benefits of walking detracts from the real reason I want you to walk so much: it’s an enjoyable way to get out, move, be active, and experience the world.

Despite it being our birthright and really healthy and all that jazz, many of us would be well served with some walking technique tips. Note that I don’t condone the usage of bulky, heel-centric shoes, so all technique tips given assume that you are barefoot or in minimalist shoes with minimal to zero heel drop. Sorry, but that’s just how I roll.

The Leisurely Stroll

This is the everyday walk you use when walking to the farmers’ market, through the mall, or down to the watering hole across relatively flat ground. Lead with the heel, a straight but not locked leg, touch down briefly and lightly before transferring the weight onto the balls of your feet. What you get is a smooth rolling sensation. Check to make sure your glutes are firing by walking with hands on cheeks. You should feel your glutes tense up with each step. In public, this looks suspect, so do the self-assessment from the comfort of your own home. This is not heel-striking, which is a running style characterized by repeatedly slamming one’s heel into the ground to the ultimate detriment of one’s lower extremities. This is heel-touching, and it’s far less abrasive.

The Stalk

When you’re hunting something or making your way across an uneven landscape dotted with rocks, sticks, and (like, maybe, you’re hiking off trail) other bits, use the stalk. Keeping your knees slightly bent at all times, walk by focusing on the balls of your feet. Your heels will touch, but your midfoot lands first. Take shorter steps than you would when heel-touching.

Walking Uphill

Land fore/midfoot first. Touch down with the heel and engage your glutes to propel you upward. Repeat with other foot.

Walking Downhill

I like landing with my entire foot. Maybe the heel hits first, but I try to land with my whole foot. Walking downhill is an exercise in stopping yourself from hurtling downward, so this can get tough. Absorb the impact with your hips by keeping the weight on your heels, rather than your toes.

Whichever method of walking you use, always keep your torso on top of your hips. Stay upright (you’re a biped, so act like it!). A floppy torso that bends and sways throws off your balance and wastes valuable energy. Stay tall.

In my experience, it’s the easy, seemingly inconsequential stuff that’s the hardest sell. The crazier, more unconventional stuff gets all the attention. Tons of people get out there and do heavy squats, order grass-fed cows, buy the latest Vibram model, learn to love liver, and proudly stride barefoot into the grocery store – but they drove to get there. It’s the easy things, like walking regularly and often, that are somehow the hardest to do. They’re the easiest to ignore. Walking? Yeah, it’s nice, it’s relaxing, but it won’t put on the mass and elicit the hormonal response of a set of heavy deadlifts. It isn’t sexy.

Walking matters, folks. Big time. If we stop moving, even if we’re standing at our desks and hitting the gym every other day, we’re dying. We’re telling our bodies that we’ve given up, that it’s okay to shut down, that all those millions of years of daily, constant walking were an aberration, a mistake, a fluke. That’s folly. I think you know it, but I don’t know if you know it.

So get moving – starting tomorrow. Wake up ten minutes early tomorrow and use that extra time to walk around the block. Practice the different walking techniques. Go barefoot. Feel the ground beneath you. Enjoy the still dewy blades of grass slipping between your toes. Feel the serrated edges stimulate those long-dormant nerves. Ignore the mythical broken glass, infected syringes, and rusty nails littering the ground and welcome the occasional uncomfortable rock digging into your sole. It happens, but that’s life, and it’s okay. Just keep it moving and leave it all behind.

Do you take time out of your schedule to walk? Should you? Do you have better things to do? Let us know how you incorporate walking into a world where walking is a leisure activity!

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  1. Who cares about a computer score! Just step out your door and walk! Easy.

    Matt wrote on June 8th, 2011
  2. When I was a kid I walked every day for hours because I was so bored. God married and that quit. But I never had the proper shoe wear. I’ll be getting my first pair of Vibram’s pretty soon when I leave the sticks and find a store to try on some KSO’s. A question about the Sanuk’s, which pair is recommended? Many, if not all, are quit padded. Maybe I’m looking at them in the wrong way. I need something that’s good for dress wear so any help there?

    Leea wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • I just ordered a pair of KSO’s online at http://www.benchmarkoutfitter.com. They are an outdoor supply store in (not all that) nearby Cincinnati. There are plenty of online retailers that sell the Vibrams.

      Chris Sears wrote on June 9th, 2011
  3. At 300 plus pounds and having had 3 knee surgeries before the age of 21 (now 41)-walking is kinda hard for me. I love walking and when I wear a pedometer (getting 10,000 steps a day in) I instantly lose weight. Problem is my knee also starts to go. This has been really depressing to me. I am having trouble finding exercises that work for me and get the weight off. I am wondering if the way I walk (heal striking first) is part of the problem? I will have to experiment. Thanks Mark for all of your help and great ideas!!!

    Gabrielle wrote on June 8th, 2011
  4. I got stopped by police (sheriffs) last week in woodland hills for walking, they asked me if the reason Im walking is because I lost my drivers license ;-) I didnt need to explain as soon as he saw my skele toe shoes :)
    either way. I stop driving locally period. I go to grocery store walking, I go to barnes and noble to do my reading also walking, post office, walmart, park, etc.
    Im from europe and I used to walk when growing up every day. it was normal thing for us. in usa people tend to drive a lot out of habit more than anything. thinking they’re saving commute time. but when you think about it walking is really about discipline and time you devote to yourself to relax get a little exercise and clear your head without worrying you going to rear end someone. keep walking!

    Ed wrote on June 8th, 2011
  5. This is an interesting topic. I just recently decided to sell my car. I realize this isn’t practical for most people but I was curious to see if I could go without one.

    I had thought about it for years and slightly preceded my move to the primal lifestyle.

    The transition has been a pretty easy one. I bike and walk most places now (I live in the city of Toronto so this is doable) and use ZIP car on the rare occasion I need it.

    Of course dating is a problem. Arriving on a bike and offering to give a gal a seat ride isn’t very romantic.

    Perhaps I need to come up with some Gromance Tips (Grok + romance).

    DD

    Being Primal Dude wrote on June 8th, 2011
  6. Among all the downsides of living in NYC, this is the biggest upside. I carry my groceries and my laundry to and fro, up and down stairs without even thinking about it. Walking two miles (each way) to our favorite ice cream spot is my husband’s idea of a romantic date. We may not be wholly primal, but we are wholly walkers. It really does make you feel good. I don’t even mind on days like today when it’s in the 90s and humid. At least a 30min stroll at lunch, that’s my feel-good rule. If I have an hour, I can make it to Central Park and have a wonderful time-out in relatively natural surroundings. Yay, walking!

    mox wrote on June 8th, 2011
  7. I walked first 4, then a minimum of 5 miles a day since may 9, 2010. Eating the primal diet, I have lost 90 pounds so far. And I lost those 90 the first 10 months.

    Michelle wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • Wow! I would love to hear more about your story? That’s impressive to say the least.

      Being Primal Dude wrote on June 8th, 2011
      • Yes!! I would like to hear it as well.

        Meg wrote on June 11th, 2011
  8. Love it! I’ve gone on long walks several times a week for years. Wherever I’ve lived all of the neighbors get to know me really quick because I’m the one they see walking by their house all the time. Now I have a son whose almost two and he’s come to expect an almost daily walk around the neighborhood. Walking was also my constant during my pregnancy: on days that I couldn’t do much else I could get out for some fresh air and waddle around. I wasn’t primal during my pregnancy and I really think walking had a lot to do with why my pregnancy was so healthy and my weight stayed in check.

    On another note I was stuck behind a school bus the other day that was dropping off kids who lived IN SIGHT of their high school/middle school. C’mon! Really?!? Is THIS what my tax dollars are paying for?!? *groan*

    Ashley North wrote on June 8th, 2011
  9. Unless you’re climbing a hill, the glutes aren’t all than engaged in walking. A very slight displacement of our center of gravity led by our long-range senses (sight, hearing, smell) takes us in the direction we want to go. We shift support from one foot to the other as our ilio-psoas engages to swing each leg forward.

    Most of the effort in walking is slow-twitch, red-fibre, postural, fat-metabolizing. Only as we speed up–or deal with hills–do our bigger muscles (glute, quadriceps etc.) join in.

    This is why bipedalism enabled us to migrate over the whole Earth so quickly. We are gravity-propelled, fat metabolizing fiends. No other land animal has anything like our effeciency.

    Check out ‘Man, the tottering biped’ by Philip Tobias, for more background. Or have some Alexander lessons.

    John the Drunkard wrote on June 8th, 2011
  10. Mark – I love walking, I grew up walking with my Grandmother all over the place since she didn’t drive and they only had one car. Weather permitting I walk between 5-8 miles daily (3 miles at lunch 45 min)(2-5 in the evening with my walking partner dog, Cocoa). I get bummed though when the weather is bad, I just can’t do the treadmill.

    Tammy wrote on June 8th, 2011
  11. Coincidentally, I was already planning to wake up early for a dawn walk tomorrow morning.

    Melly Sue wrote on June 8th, 2011
  12. Just did a post on this. My clients all stare at me in disbelief when I tell them that walking is a viable workout. I typically recommend 15-20 miles a week walking in addition to workouts. I get the same response every time, “Wait, I can walk? I don’t have to jog?”

    Jaybird wrote on June 8th, 2011
  13. Great post, but one comment – gluts arre NOT made for walking. Try it: walk and feel your butt. It won’t contract at all.

    Gluts are for running!

    Kevin Stemple wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • I agree. I walk a lot. Always have my whole life. Natural gait. And my glutes and back of thighs have always been my problem areas.

      Betterways wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • I think the idea is that they should contract, however slightly. Mine certainly does when I walk (and run).

      Erik Cisler wrote on June 8th, 2011
  14. 5 mile round trip walk to work every day… It seemed so long at first, but stream some NPR through the headphones and the walk flies right by! The easiest 500 calories burnt and immeasurable mood boost one can get!

    MATT wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • If you are walking near traffic, avoid headphones. You need to hear the cars as well as see them, especially near intersections.

      Chris Sears wrote on June 9th, 2011
  15. In addition to walking 1-2 miles five days a week. I also climb 80 flights of stairs two days a week.

    Steve-O wrote on June 8th, 2011
  16. I spend a fair amount of time re-training my patients to walk with a natural gait as a means to manage or eliminate chronic pain.

    One problem that often needs to be addressed in modern life is leg-length inequality. Grok walked on uneven, yielding surfaces so a little bit of unevenness was pretty much of no consequence. Standing and walking on hard, level surfaces will often place stress on knees, hips, pelvis and spine due to lack of symmetry.

    Take the time to walk on uneven ground, barefoot if you can.

    Robb Russell wrote on June 8th, 2011
  17. I walk about 30 minutes a day in the morning. Having a dog was my motivation to walk because I was bored to walk by myself in my neigborhood where no one walks. Thanks for the article because I will try to incorporate your recommendations into my walking technique.

    satish wrote on June 8th, 2011
  18. Having a dog the past three years has been great. My dog, Roy (a lovely yellow lab), needs at least an hour of walking every day. It’s been great for the sake of walking, getting outside, and just sharing that time with him. I love letting him off leash when I can so he can be a dog and get in touch with his genes.

    Charlotte wrote on June 8th, 2011
  19. Great, wonderful, awesome sauce! In any given 24 hr. period, I walk anywhere from 3 to 10 miles, and I feel amazing. The way people jog, going mile-after-mile to wherever they land is how I walk, only I plan a useful destination, like the library or grocery store across town. There is no easier way, IMHO, to get really comfortable inside of your body and gain freer movement and unity of mind, body, and spirit than by walking it out, baby!

    JayTee wrote on June 8th, 2011
  20. I work in an office all day and just started going for a walk everyday at lunch (well almost everyday). Its a great way to break up the day and get some sun!!

    Chris wrote on June 8th, 2011
  21. I love walking. If I don’t get out at least once a day, I feel restless.

    I walked home from school. When I was a teenager, my best friend and I got kicked off the school bus for laughing too much (poor grumpy bus driver!) So we walked home everyday. I grew up in Hollywood and lived in the hills. My school was down in the flats, and we had to walk along creep-filled, dirty Sunset and Hollywood Blvds. to her house (we were 14 at the time and made fun of every pimp who tried to recruit us! It was fun!). After playing a video game or two, I’d continue on my way home, up and down hills (Outpost Drive to Woodrow Wilson – I know, too many details!), I just checked the distance and it was 4.5 miles!

    Remembering this reminded me how much it was and will continue to be a part of my life. Thanks Mark!

    Rachel Johnson wrote on June 8th, 2011
  22. I love the timing of this post! I just walked to the nearest grocery store earlier today to get laundry detergent; that was great because not only did I walk, but I was lugging big jugs with me on the way back. Walking is definitely something I’m hoping to do much more of, especially as the weather’s been picking up where I live. Great timing! Now I want to get out and walk again, even if I don’t have an errand this time.

    L.S. Engler wrote on June 8th, 2011
  23. I love how I see this straight after coming back from walking the dog for a couple of miles, and organising a hike up the Malverns with my buddy tomorrow.
    No one in my house can drive, including me, so I’ve walked pretty much everywhere I needed to go locally my whole life. Hurray for walking! =D

    PixieKitten wrote on June 8th, 2011
  24. Great post. A few years ago I came across http://www.chiwalking.com, which helped me deal with knee problems during my walks. I did not realize at the time that I’d overextend the lower portion of my leg during my stride, thus straining the knees. Or that I failed to engage all the supportive muscles around the joint to stabilize the knee during motion. Easy fix. Small tweaks make a big difference, for example keeping ankles and lower legs as relaxed as possible. Seems counter-intuitive, but works. Chiwalking makes walking easier and more efficient. There is also Chirunning for the runners out there. I can highly recommend it.

    Daniela Huppe wrote on June 8th, 2011
  25. Does anyone else find it difficult or painful in any way to walk long distances on concrete with minimalist shoes? I sometimes start feeling a cold, prickly pain in the arches of my feet after a couple of miles… possibly an indication of plantar fascitis. I really like minimalist footwear (many shoes cause my more foot or knee pain than non-shoes), but it seems like they all have their downsides.

    Curt wrote on June 8th, 2011
  26. It’s amazing how much effort some things take in this culture. I moved here from Europe – I used to walk everywhere without even thinking about it or having to call it ‘primal’ or anything. It was just part of life – walking to work, market, restaurants; and you walked in all kinds of shoes depending on what place/event you were going to. Here, depending on where you live, you have to make extra time for an activity that should really be a part of a daily routine. People DRIVE to a park so they can walk for 1/2 hour…

    AB wrote on June 8th, 2011
  27. So my 5 miles in my VFFs along Ship Creek in Anchorage, AK + 2 miles to go get some fresh Copper River salmon fillets yesterday was a good thing or a bad thing? ;)

    Charlie Golf wrote on June 8th, 2011
  28. I’m the corporate responsibility manager for North America in my company. I came up with a fundraising challenge that requires each person to walk 3 miles a day for six months while raising money for a charity. Initially, I wanted to make it 5 miles a day but I knew that our mostly sedentary workforce would mostly not volunteer for something that sounded so daunting. The idea of walking 3 miles sounded like a huge amount to most people.

    In the end I got almost 70 people walking for a charity and a surprising amount of people are clocking five miles a day ON PURPOSE! I’m secretly hoping that after six months most of them will keep it up and more.

    I live in Houston so the incentives for walking are pretty low – no scenery, suffocating humidity and heat for half the year, etc. I walk for my dog and thank goodness, too. I’m walking longer now that I have the pedometer and challenge to support. And even without the incentives I am enjoying it more the more I do it, too.

    pam wrote on June 8th, 2011
  29. I live in an urban area and love to walk everywhere – I only have to refill my car’s gas tank maybe once a month.

    Walking (and occasional yoga) were the only exercise I did while pregnant. My baby will be 4 months old next week and I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight, in large part thanks to walking. I live at the top of a hill in Seattle, so no matter which direction I go I’m climbing up and own hills. My baby loves to look around at trees and houses from her carrier, and I get the added weight of carrying her around.

    Personally, I loathe exercise. I hate gyms. But I love walking and it keeps me in great shape.

    Cheri wrote on June 8th, 2011
  30. When i was in Ireland (German myself) i had to give up walking and cycling and was dependent on my car all the time.
    Out of town you needed a car because the streets were so damn small with high grass on the side, therefore too dangerous to walk on foot.

    Paul wrote on June 8th, 2011
  31. I just met an 86 year old man in the park, who was walking his dog (as I was walking mine) and he told me, quite passionately “Never go without having a dog!! These walks morning and night have kept me young and healthy!!” He really attributed his amazing health (he looked 65) to having a dog and walking him morning and night, for decades…
    Because we have a dog in the city, I will walk about 2 hours a day to keep the little guy fit, and it is a great motivator to have to walk to keep him happy :)

    Keltron wrote on June 8th, 2011
  32. Great post — I’m thinking of trying out the 5-toe shoes. I do walk a lot, especially at work on lunch hour. One note…if you have a large dog that drools (as we do), you will soon give up walking barefoot inside the house. Ick.

    Joan Schramm wrote on June 8th, 2011
  33. Remind me of a Steven Wright joke; “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” :)

    Ryan wrote on June 8th, 2011
  34. I have a back yard so usually we just let our 3 dogs run free off leash, but I have recently been taking them for a walk every evening. It’s a good way to de-stress from my day, and bond with my dogs. I’m trying to slowly increase the pace/distance but I have to do it slowly since one of my dogs in rather old.

    BleedingTulip wrote on June 8th, 2011
  35. I’ve found that downhill walking over dirt here in southern california is best done by landing on toes first…. keeps your feet from sliding out from under you like stepping on a banana peel.

    frensy wrote on June 8th, 2011
  36. My mother always walked a lot so growing up we all did as well and still do. It was always funny over the decades to watch the periodic walking fads come and go. For a while there’d be a lot of people out in their fitness clothes for a few months. Then the fad would end and we’d be the only ones. And people would always assume there was a car broken down somewhere and stop to offer help.

    Now 72, my mother lives in the far north west Wisconsin, yet walks every day unless there’s severe weather, twice a day or more in summer when days are long. She weaves around the blocks by her house so that she is always going up or down slight hills. And a few days a week she goes straight up the big steep hill, then wanders around the very hilly neighborhood at the top as she works her way back down.

    I live in a rare walkable are of Houston where I can and do walk to a supermarket, Blockbuster, a movie theater and restaurants. Or at least I did before I got the dog. Now I wish more places were dog friendly so I can still walk to do my errands.

    I never change into fitness clothes and shoes to do this. I just head out in my regular clothes. My brother does as well, but thinks if he wore some kind of workout outfit, he’d look like a yuppie, but in his regular clothes he suspects people think he looks like a vagrant passing through their neighborhood.

    Betterways wrote on June 8th, 2011
  37. Wonderful post. There is an additional advantage of walking barefoot that is rarely appreciated.

    Our feet are exquisite sensory organs. In fact, they have the same tactile sensitivity as our hands and fingers. This is for a reason.

    When you wear shoes all the time, it’s kind of like wearing earplugs — you’re missing out on a whole sensory universe. Wearing vibrams is more like wearing earmuffs — you’re starting to hear a few things that you never noticed before. But going barefoot is like removing the earmuffs entirely. Feeling the ground beneath your bare feet, once they are properly adapted, is an incredible sensory experience, and it will stimulate your brain in ways you never knew before.

    For me, this is one of the greatest delights of barefooting: feeling all the different textures and temperatures of my urban environment. Rough asphalt; smooth asphalt; sidewalks; they all have a different “melody” to them. The seasons bring different kinds of debris: flower petals; seeds; fallen leaves.

    There is truly a whole universe underneath our feet that I never suspected when I wore shoes all the time.

    Once you get used to this new sensory universe, you don’t have to worry as much about stepping on something painful, twisting your ankle, etc. Your foot will feel an obstacle and react appropriately before you even have time to think about it.

    Nowadays, walking in shoes feels like walking around blindfolded. I am seriously pissed that I can’t go everywhere barefoot. Curse the prejudiced merchants who insist on footwear: my feet are cleaner than most people’s soles, because I watch where I step!

    Timothy wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • Good info.

      Our feet have over 700,000 nerve endings. I was told to never put socks on my baby (unless absolutely necessary) because she will learn and develop faster as she kicks around with her bare feet.

      Yet I am still hesitant to walk around my neighborhood barefoot …

      Cheri wrote on June 8th, 2011
      • Cheri, you got good advice! We follow the same approach with our 19-month-old. He is my primal role model in many ways, one of which is his love of going barefoot, and his determination to rip off any shoes or socks that we do put on him.

        Walking around the neighborhood barefoot can be lots of fun. I definitely get some funny looks, and once in a while even a lecture from a total stranger about how supposedly unhealthy it is. I’m always polite but internally I’m rolling my eyes. (I have never had more than a small scratch, nor have I contracted any diseases or parasites, despite living in a neighborhood that seems to have more dogs than people.)

        Indeed, going barefoot and learning to watch my step has made me realize that most people wearing shoes, who are not really paying attention to where they put their feet, are stepping in all sorts of biohazards which they then unknowingly track all over their homes.

        I hope you will take the plunge someday and try a barefoot stroll around the neighborhood. It can be a liberating experience!

        Timothy wrote on June 8th, 2011
  38. I used to work in a small strip shopping center not connected to the other nearby shopping centers where the food was. So driving to get something for lunch involved getting into a car hot as an oven, pulling out on a 6 lane highway to drive to where ever, but most likely close enough that the AC would never cool off the car and most likely involving sitting at many red lights. Then in addition to all that, having to sit waiting for a chance to cross several lanes of traffic to turn in to the parking lot.

    You could walk much faster and skip the oven part. Even on the hottest day it was more pleasant and involved less sweat than getting in the oven and driving. I would tell my coworkers this all the time. They would smile and nod, but no one else ever walked.

    Betterways wrote on June 8th, 2011
  39. Huh. My neighborhood scored a 9 — ?!? No idea why — unless the score is based on location relative to desintations – ? It is a ‘burb, aside from that it’s really an easy place to walk around.

    Albert wrote on June 8th, 2011
  40. My dog take me for walks everyday wether I want to or not.

    Birdie wrote on June 8th, 2011

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