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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Leap into Spring by Corey Flynn NDTR, CDM, CFPP

 Corey Flynn, Faculty and staff of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, SHRS, Photographed September 21,2017.  Corey Flynn, Faculty and staff of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, SHRS, Photographed September 21,2017.

Are you ready for the warmer weather? I am! I am pretty sure that I am solar powered. I cannot wait for warmer weather. It really energizes me. Let’s leap into spring by getting more daily steps.

Walking is an excellent form of exercise. Not everyone likes running. I understand, the ground hurts. I often wonder why I run when I really love to walk. I especially enjoy hiking. Walking is one of those activities that anyone can do anytime, anywhere.

In fact, Hippocrates is quoted saying that walking is man’s best medicine.

What are those benefits?

Research has shown that regular walking reduces diabetes, heart disease, decreases high blood pressure, and increases bone density. My favorite benefit of walking is what it does for your brain! Walkers have better cognitive function. Walking also alleviates symptoms of depression and eases stress.

How much should you walk?

Start with three 10-minute walks per day working up to a 30 to 45-minute walk per day. Increase intensity by adding a hill or speed walking for a block or two.

Record your progress on an app or with a fitness watch. Can you get more steps each day? Join a walking club or form your own! How about an after dinner walk with your family? It can help to promote better digestion and walking helps you sleep better.

Now get out there!

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Corey Flynn NDTR, CDM, CFPP

Here is what they mean: Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered; Certified Dietary Manager; and Certified Food Protection Professional. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer.

Corey has degrees in nutrition, photography, and journalism. She enjoys adventure triathlons and hiking. She is currently working on a master’s degree in public policy and management with a concentration in environment and sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs while working full time and caring for her husband, three children, three cats, a beagle, two geckos, and one goldfish

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