Like most of the "advice" articles on Sparkpeople and other health websites, this one talks about the ideal situation. What the author fails to acknowledge is that walking outside can actually be hazardous to your health. Pollution from cars, factories, pollen, etc., wreak havoc on those with respiratory ailments.
I used to live in a very rural area where the roads were windy, with no shoulder. Walking these roads was risky in broad daylight because of people who drove too fast, as well as the local wildlife, which included skunks, coyotes, unleashed dogs, and even bears.
I now live in the desert Southwest, where in the middle of April, temperatures can hover around 100 degrees. Again, not exactly suitable for walking outdoors. It's almost 10 miles to the closest grocery store, walking or biking is not an option. So, I exercise indoors most of the time. I have Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos and can do a 5-mile advanced walking workout in an hour, in the comfort of my air-conditioned, pollen-free living room.
- 4/25/2012 7:00:21 PM