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By Sara Star     May 8, 2011 in Lifestyle
Dartmouth - A simple walk - far from the world problems - is one of the great ways to get back to nature, get fit, and connect with friends.
Today is World Walking Day celebrated annually on May 8 in at least 25 countries that are members of the International Volkssport (IVV), from the lands of North America to Europe and the Far East.
The Dartmouth Volksmarch Club walked on Sunday morning at Porter’s Lake under moderate temperatures, overcast skies cloaked with unusual wavy clouds and a gentle cool breeze. Two choices were offered, the 5km or 10km depending on the individual. Margaret O’Dell led the 5 km walk, and directed the group to “pick the pace.” There was no rush.
The enthusiastic 10km group walked at a faster pace through the park, around the lake, and in the low traffic residential area of magnificent homes. The leader, Lily Conrad wished everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. She explained, “IVV even has clubs in China, though many are “map” walks, not like here where there is a leader and an ender.”
Conversations flowed among members, surrounded by laughter and smiles. One of the walkers, Sandy Hickey from Eastern Passage made mention that today is the first day of the season that she saw a hummingbird - local news of the day on a positive note.
According to their site, the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club is the oldest IVV registered walking club in Canada, having started in June 1983.
(DVC) embodies the elements of fresh air, exercise, and comradeship in a perfect blend for personal well-being.
Comradeship may be more important than we think. In an interview on May 5, Howard Friedman discussed the longest study ever done on longevity. When asked what is the most important thing he would recommend to live longer, he did not say eat better, exercise more, have less stress. He simply said to look at the relationships in your life, and to connect with people you like being with.
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