Walking is a 1968 Canadian animated short film directed and produced by Ryan Larkin for the National Film Board of Canada, composed of animated vignettes of how different people walk.
Walking was one of seven NFB animated shorts acquired by the American Broadcasting Company, marking the first time NFB films had been sold to a major American television network. It aired on ABC in the fall of 1971 as part of the children’s television show Curiosity Shop, executive produced by Chuck Jones.
Walking the Amazon was an expedition conceived and successfully completed by British explorer Ed Stafford. It was the first time anyone had journeyed the entire length of the Amazon River from source to sea on foot and was recognised as an official Guinness World Record. Walking the Amazon is also a book of the expedition by Stafford originally published by Virgin Books in the UK. Self filmed footage from the 860 day journey was also made into a Discovery Channel two part television documentary.
Walking is a fundamental part of life. Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. We learn from when we are very small and it’s our primary means of movement. However what most people don’t realize is that it’s the simplest most effective ways to exercise. Strength training, weight lifting, and plyometrics they all help to strengthen the body, build muscle and burn fat but walking can do all of these things too. By walking at the right speed for a certain amount of time and distance you will burn calories, strengthen your muscles, promote coordination and balance and keep your body healthy.
Walking is gentle, safe, simple and effective at losing or maintaining weight. Brisk walking will increase your heart rate and breathing causing you to break a sweat, which will control your weight and is less likely to lead to injury than other types of exercise. Walking puts less stress on the joints than say running or jogging and it uses every muscle in the body.
The benefits of walking go beyond strengthening muscles, burning calories, and losing weight. Walking helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, raise HDL (good) cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk for heart disease and heart attack, and controls blood sugar. It is also good to boost the immune system, stimulate brain function, improve blood circulation, improve mood, help relaxation and decrease depression.