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Harry Lee McGinnis has marched his way through all 50 U.S. States, as well as seven continents. Asia, Africa and South America have all been explored and experienced, at ground level, by this 81-year-old wanderer known as “the Hawk.”

Surprisingly, Harry’s world wide adventure through 70 different countries has not been encountered from the deck of a cruise ship, nor undertaken from the security of a motorized vehicle. For, almost 20 years now, Harry has logged a total of over 80,000 miles on his pedometer! That’s right; the Hawk has been hoofing it!

This WWII Vet and retired Methodist minister, has been living out his boyhood dream of walking around the world, since he first plodded out of Arlington, Texas in the 1980’s, carrying a large steel tipped walking staff and a 100 lb. backpack.

Exploring the world by foot, one step at a time, the Hawk only uses conventional transportation under rare occasions. Only Mexico and parts of South America remain to be treaded upon before Harry will reach his goal, in approximately one to two years.

For an 81-year-old man to live this way is remarkable indeed. Yet, the very lifestyle Harry embraces is the foundation that makes his goal reachable. One can only imagine the amazing health benefits experienced by a person who has spent the last 20 years hiking everywhere he goes.

The Benefits of Walking

Innumerable studies have confirmed that walking is one of the best medicines known to mankind. The benefits:
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease in women 30-40% (walking 30 min. per day)
  • Reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) in the blood
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Reduces osteoporosis and hip fractures by strengthening muscles, bones and joints
  • Reduces deaths from breast cancer and helps prevent the disease
  • Controls and helps prevent diabetes
  • Improves circulation
  • Promotes weight control
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves the mood and reduces depression
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces constipation
  • Lowers stress
  • Helps relieve back pain and arthritis
  • Lengthens life span
 With all these tremendous benefits, why not make room for a 30 - 60 minute Hawk Walk in your daily schedule?
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