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Why Don't People Walk?
Published on April 10, 2012 by Sara Foss

I started walking for exercise when I lived in Birmingham. My friend Adam was really into walking, and we got into the habit of taking long walks. And since I hate running, walking has always seemed like a good exercise alternative. Sure, walking doesn't offer as intensive a workout as running, but it's a healthy habit that will burn some calories and help you stay in shape.

Unless you live in New York City, you can pretty much drive everywhere. In some ways, this is a shame, because it means people never walk anywhere. I try to walk 30-40 minutes a day, and to use my car as little as possible for getting around town. But this takes some effort. Driving is often easier and quicker, and since everyone drives everywhere, it comes pretty naturally. It's a 10 minute walk to my hairdresser's, but she's always amazed that I would bother walking up the hill to her shop. That's the attitude most people have about walking.

Anyway, Slate is doing a series on what it calls the crisis in American walking, in the hopes of addressing the fundamental question of why Americans don't walk more. The first part is here. Hopefully someone will read it and decide to take more walks as a result.

 

 

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