Americans are moving less and sitting more â€” in our cars, at our desks, and on the couch.
Weâ€™re more sedentary than our parents and grandparents ever were, and itâ€™s wreaking havoc on our health: Obesity is epidemic, type 2 diabetes is a major health concern, andÂ more than 100 million Americans haveÂ high blood pressure.
Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad wants to change that by getting us up â€” and walking.
Nyad, who in 2013 became an international sensation when she swam 110 miles from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Fla., has created an organization calledÂ EverWalkÂ with her longtime friend and trainer, Bonnie Stoll. Its mission is as audacious as Nyadâ€™s long-ago swim at age 64:
â€œWe are trying to develop a nation of 100 million walkers,â€ said Nyad, now 69.
Those who want toÂ join the EverWalk movementÂ need only pledge to walk three times a week. The walks can be solo, with friends, or with small EverWalk groups whose 9,000 active members are organized regionally via the EverWalk website.
Participants can also pay a fee to take part in EverWalkâ€™s large, days-long mega treks like the one Nyad will lead from Philadelphia to Washington starting on Aug. 26. Dubbed â€œThe Liberty Walk,â€ the 134-mile journey will take seven days and cover about 20 miles a day.
â€œWe have people who have never done anything like this in their lives,â€ Nyad said. “Now theyâ€™re the athletes.â€