Walking Versus Running

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By Mark Lundegren

mark-2When discussing the HumanaNatura natural health system with others, I am often asked why we advocate walking over running in our Natural Exercise technique.

For many of us, running seems like real exercise, while walking is, well, just walking. And this is especially true if we envision short walks on flat walkways, as opposed to long ones on hilly footpaths.

Still, it is true that, step-for-step, walking is clearly less intense, and seems less like exercise, than running – and than many other aerobic activities. But ironically, it is exactly because of this quality that walking proves superior as a health promoter, especially across many people and over time.

Walking RunningIn practice, walking – including hiking – is a more natural and, for many of us, more naturally enjoyable human activity, compared with running and other forms of intensive exercise. For people overall, walking offers greatly reduced risks of injury, is easier to sustain as a practice in our lives, and is far more likely to be practiced on a lifelong basis. Walking is also flexibly practiced and requires no special equipment. For all these reasons, the case for walking is pretty strong.

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Progressive Life At The Solstice

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! In the natural year, we are now at the extreme points in the ever-changing light of the natural year. Today is the shortest day of the year and winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and the summer solstice and longest day in the north – each milestone part of an ongoing rhythm of life on earth that touches and can aid us all.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light & Feeling of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic and post, we encourage spending this and every solstice with family, friends, and community. With the special light and often intense feeling that comes with the solstices, it’s a natural opportunity to mark the passage of time, celebrate progress in our lives and Natural Life Plans, and encourage new health and progressivity in others.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you to begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Chicken & Fruit Salad Meal

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For those of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is knocking on our door. And with summer, we will tend to favor lighter and cooler foods. With this idea in mind, we would like to highlight that delicious, inviting, and extra-healthy warm weather meals can be prepared in minutes, when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Our Chicken and Fruit Salad Meal is a great example of fast and fresh natural eating, in the summer months and throughout the year.


Our featured HumanaNatura Salad Meal begins by steaming some bite-sized chicken pieces, seasoned with red pepper and a Mediterranean herb mix, on top of a base of diced carrots, white sweet potato, and onion, along with crushed and finely chopped garlic, for about five minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). When done, the chicken and root vegetables are allowed to cool slightly or are chilled, covered, for an hour or more. As the cooked chicken and vegetables cool, prepare of salad base of mixed greens, along with a veggie mix of sliced or diced tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper. Arrange the cooked chicken and root vegetables on top of the salad, and garnish it with fresh berries and a scattering of nuts. Dress and season the salad with herbs and black pepper to taste, and serve promptly. Bright, delicious, and satisfying!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious, inviting, and nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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