Walking on cemetery grounds is not only therapeutic, but is also a safe and accessible environment for exercise. The flat and paved pathways, without bikers or traffic to navigate, makes this an ideal location in the community. The benches throughout are perfect for resting breaks and lends itself to shorter and longer walking routes.
The Heart and Sole Program provides a unique opportunity for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to improve their own health and wellness. A supportive group environment that encourages a little more movement and little less sitting, certainly helps everyone follow their heart to health!
Setting a marthon record at age 85, with 16 world records tracked by the World Master's Association, this running octogenarian trained in Evergreen Cemetery in Milton. The cemetery loop is small, sheltered from the wind, shaded from the sun, plowed in the winter and less busier than town roads.
Ed is the only man over 70yrs of age to beat 3:00hrs in 42Km record! He started running marathons when his son, who was 14 years old, aspired to run a marathon. "We did our best to deter him, but he's an awfully determined character. So reluctantly, I ran with him".
EW: "There’s a number of reasons. No. 1 is the drivers in there are a lot more of a docile lot than the ones you typically meet on the Milton streets. Also, the footing in the winter is typically better than the sidewalks in Milton. They do a pretty good job of clearing in there, whereas some people clear their sidewalks in Milton and others don’t. The other thing is, in the cold weather if you run around and around in a circle, you don’t have to face the cold wind for too long. And if there are any ice spots, you know where they are. You’re prepared for them. And in the summer, I can run in the shade for most of the time. I guess the primary reason, really, is I don’t count the number of laps I run, and I don’t time the laps I run. That way, I don’t get into competitions with myself. If I run around the town for a set distance, I always say, ‘Oh my goodness, that was a bad run today.’ Or ‘I better pick it up to try and do as well as I did yesterday.’ I don’t want to get into that stuff".
EW: “I’m not a medical expert and I think you would get a variety of answers from purported experts. I purposely try to keep my training pace slow to minimize impact. It has seemed to work for me."
Check out the National Post article featuring Ed Whitlock for more information on this running legend.
Good for the heart, good for the soul!
This innovative walking program is medically supervised for those with cardiovascular and chronic health conditions. It helps individuals initiate a walking routine with others and make their health a priority. It provides education on heart health, risk factor modification and making lifestyle change for improved health.
The Heart and Sole program is ideal for grieving widows and helps support those who have lost a loved one.
Exercise has therapeutic benefits to cope effectively with life's many changes. Reducing social isolation and connecting with others in the community is important for emotional healing and overall wellness.
Sitting has negative effects on heart health. Walking is a functional exercise that is a low impact form of aerobic exercise. It improves cardiovascular health, mental health and is also important for falls prevention.
Improving fitness can have significant impact on long-term outcomes for heart disease, risk reduction and chronic disease management.