For years during our Race Walking Clinic of Excellence Tim Seaman and myself skipped a significant topic, why should you learn to race walk. We didn't do it because it wasn't important, but because those attending a clinic didn't need to be motivated to put their foot forward. However, recently we were asked to jump start a national walking / race walking program in Bermuda. The kickoff was a general lecture that included motivating people to get off the couch and start walking for exercise with the hope many would take up race walking. The following is a version of that lecture reformatted for the Internet.
Before we can begin a discussion of why you should walk for exercise or for competition, one needs to start with a discussion of why you should exercise. There are plenty of myths out there, so we start our discussion with a series of facts backed up by science.
According to the Mayo Clinic exercise:
According to the American Heart Association exercise will help you stay healthy. They state that
researchers from the Copenhagen City Heart Study found that jogging one to two-and-a-half hours a week in two or three different sessions was associated with an additional 6.2 years for men and 5.6 years for women.
*** Please note you should always consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program!