Some who receive this blog may remember “Ozzie & Harriet” – the sitcom that ran 14 seasons from 1952 to 1966. Ozzie and Harriet’s two sons – Dave and Ricky – also starred in the show. In 1957, Fats Domino wrote and produced a song – “I’m Walkin‘.” It was a smash hit that reached Number 1 on the R&B Chart – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqs5gkyH930
Months later, at the ripe old age of 17, Ricky Nelson picked up the song and sang it on an episode of “Ozzie & Harriet.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwSwlkxHSnY And Ricky’s musical career took off. . . .
If I had a theme song for this last year of pandemic, it would likely be “I’m Walkin‘.” Walking. Donna and I have been walking 2 to 4 miles daily. Donna’s goal is 10,000 steps which is encouraged by her FitBit. Interestingly Amish men average about 18,000 steps daily. Amish women a mere 14,000. I suspect that in this last year, many folks have been walking since (a) it’s something to do; (b) it gets you out of the house; (c) it’s good for you. But how good?
George Halvorson is the Chair and CEO of the Institute for Intergroup Understanding and the CEO of Kaiser Permanente. He serves on several not-for-profit boards and commissions designed to help children and encourage education. Mr. Halvorson has produced a 6 minute YouTube video on “The Gift of Walking.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce0yxolt0Cw And it is a gift. The health benefits of walking 30 minutes 5 days a week are truly amazing. The benefits are physical, mental and social. Do me a favor and take 6 minutes out of your day and watch this video.
Then – go take a walk. . . .