drugs, but by moving.
“I’ve lost 50 pounds 20 times in my
life,” he says. “Do you know how many
times I’ve kept it off? Once.”
The American Heart Association holds
annual Heart Walks in spring in Phoenix
and Tucson, and it describes walking
as “the simplest positive
change you can make to
effectively improve your
According to the associa-
tion, research has shown
that the benefits of walking
and moderate physical activ-
ity for at least 30 minutes a
day can help reduce the risk
of coronary heart disease;
improve blood pressure and
blood sugar levels; improve
the blood lipid profile;
maintain body weight and
lower the risk of obesity;
enhance mental well-being; reduce the risk
of osteoporosis; reduce the risk of breast
and colon cancer; and reduce the risk of
non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes.
Bronstein says walking does more than
improve his physical health. It also reduces
stress and helps him focus.
“Walking clears my head and gives me
time for a lot of deep thinking,” he says.
“When you walk as much as I do, you meet
a lot of interesting people. And do you
trying to change
the legal profession one step
at a time. Make
that one slow
step at a time.
experts say that
offers the most
Bronstein believes that it is how far you
walk, not how fast.
“I’m as steady as a snail,” he says. “I
walk slow but I never stop moving.”
In fact, the snail has become a symbol of
sorts for Bronstein’s persistence as a walker.
During a recent hike in the desert, he was
wearing a polo shirt with a snail logo on
the front. The hike led to a clearing where
Bronstein had constructed rock art forma-
tions, including several in the shape of
Whether he walks briskly or at a snail’s
pace, it is clear that it is working in terms
of his weight. Bronstein has gone from
his peak weight of 367 pounds to around
180—less than he weighed when he was
15. And he did it not with surgery or
Bend, Stretch, Walk, Expand
Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.
Stanley Bronstein has pretty much been walking nonstop for the past six years.
know who the most interesting person that
I’ve met is? Me.”
Bronstein has worked to spread his story
about how walking has changed his life
through his website (http://superchange
yourlife.com/) and by writing books,
including The Path of the Warrior Walker, a
self help-style book that recounts his expe-
riences and offers advice on starting a walk-
ing program. He invites lawyers and others
to call him for a free consultation, including
a walk in the desert and a discussion about
getting started on a walking program.
Bronstein acknowledges that it’s not
easy to get lawyers to admit they need to
change and to take that first step.
“A lot of this is going to be whether or
not someone is mentally and emotionally
ready to take action,” he says. “That’s the
way it was with me, and that’s pretty much
been my experience with anyone I’ve
worked with. My goal is to show people
there’s another way, and it can be a happy
and healthy one.” AZ AT