Walk the Walk

Monday, December 20th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Maybe the perfect New Year’s Resolution would be launching that fitness
walking program you’ve been meaning to start. If so, www.walkscore.com can help! It ranks neighborhoods according to how many parks, restaurants, businesses, schools, theaters, and other popular destinations are within convenient walking distance.

The website’s creators told the Washington Post that walking can be more than a healthful physical activity: It can also provide mental and social exercise that promotes interactions within the community.

If you visit the website and enter your address, you’ll see all your nearby destinations and be given their distances from your starting point. Neighborhood "walk scores" range from zero to 100 depending on how many destinations are located within one mile. Come to think of it, this information might prompt you to walk instead of driving to a local shop or cafe. Still, the system is slated to receive future upgrades. "There are a lot of things that make a neighborhood walkable that we’re not measuring right now," a Walkscore spokesman told the Post.

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