Saturday, August 28, 2010

Walkumentary: My Daily Walk from the Office to Home

I love walking! When I relocated to Penang two months ago (it's been two months already?!) for my new job, I realized that I could still continue my walking routine, so I did. Almost every day after work, I would walk home. During one of my walks, an idea came to me to "document" it. These are some of the snapshots I took using my iPhone while sweating my way home, but before that I'll throw in some tidbits about walking and its benefits throughout this post.
Article: You'd Rather Walk Than Drive
"Fit" people--defined as those who walk for about 30 minutes a day--are more likely to live longer than those who walk less, regardless of how much body fat they have, according to a recent study of 2,603 men and women. Similarly, overweight women can improve their heart health by adding just 10 minutes of activity to their daily routine, says recent research. So take a walk on your lunch hour, do laps around the field while your kid is at soccer practice--find ways to move a little more, every day.
(That's so true for me for I really do rather walk than drive.)

Let the walking begin!
It's very safe to walk within the premise where I work. There are pedestrian walkways and vehicles will stop whenever someone's crossing the road. I can be in my own little world as long as I am walking on these striped paths without the fear of being ran down by cars.
But once out of the place where I work and onto the main roads, the adventure begins but only for a short time. Once I cross this major busy road, I'll be OK for at least another 20 minutes when I walk in a housing area.
(Walk progress: 20% completed)
I discovered this route inside a housing area about a week ago. It's a lot better walking here than beside the main road and there is less traffic noise not to mention smoke from exhaust pipes.
I continue to discover small lanes within the same housing estate and decided to use them. If you wonder whether it is safe, I think it is. There are kids playing in front of their houses and residents relaxing there.
(Walk progress: 50% completed)
After about 30 minutes of walking right from the start, I will re-connect with my regular route. This is my favorite stretch because there are many trees.

Article: Walk Off 5 Times More Belly Fat
Pop quiz: Two women go walking. One finishes quickly; the other takes her time. They each burn about 400 calories. So who sheds more belly fat? The obvious answer: It's a tie. But a surprising new study shows that the one speed walking actually loses more.

I always like this part of the walk because the road is a lot wider and with less traffic. It's peaceful.
(Walk progress: 80% completed)

Article: Walk Off Belly Fat
You know walking workouts are great for your heart, legs, butt, and energy level. Here's a happy but little-known fact: It's also a great way to flatten your belly.

But then, all that ends in about 5 to 10 minutes...
After crossing the first half of the above, I have to wait to cross the second half. Good balancing work is required on this narrow divider. It can get quite unnerving when a large or several large vehicles such as buses and lorries zoom past. Feel the road "vibrate"...
When I reach this part of my walk, I'm 80% done. It's easier to cross it when the traffic light turns red and vehicles stop. Since the road is very narrow, I have to watch out for traffic from the opposite side.
I found another shortcut and cut through these houses or shops to avoid the narrow road (pic above) with hardly any space for walking. (Walk progress: 90% completed)
Another 10 minutes later, I'm home in my cozy apartment! HURRAH!