American Heart Associations National Walking Day
Step into spring by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day on April 2, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and get in at least 30 minutes of walking, one of the most simple forms of exercise but also the most effective. Research has shown that walking can help you
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Improve 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 cancers
- Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent diabetes
In addition to the numerous health benefits of walking, there are other reasons that walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise.
- It’s easy. - You don’t need special training, and there are no complicated rules to learn. You just walk.
- It’s safe. - Walking is less likely to cause injury compared to many sports and exercise programs. Walking is considered safe for all ages and fitness levels.
- It’s inexpensive. – Walking requires almost no start up costs. You can walk in comfortable clothing and a good pair of walking shoes.
As you can see, there are many reasons walking is the most recommended exercise by healthcare providers. So what are you waiting for? Make National Walking Day the day you take the first steps toward a healthier you.
Amanda Brady, APRN
Baptist Express Care
Clinic @ Wal Mart at New Cut and Outer Loop