Today is not only April Fool’s Day but also National Walking Day! Walking is a low-risk and easy way to be active. All you need is comfortable walking shoes and you are ready to go! It really is that simple to change your life. What good can come from just a walk ? Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
•Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
•Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
•Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
•Enhance your mental well-being
•Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
•Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
•Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Some things to help you get out and walk….
Here are some way to help you included walking into your daily routine:
•Join the Walk Around Nevada and increase your acitivity by keeping track of your steps or miles. Complete a lap around NV and earn a Hall of Fame T-shirt!
•Go for a walk outside! Find trails and parks in your neighborhood. Check out the Neon to Nature App.
•Keep comfortable shoes at work or in your car. Look for opportunities to take a quick walking break or walk somewhere for lunch.
•A little adds up. Just because you can’t walk for one hour straight shouldn’t keep you from walking at all. Short little bursts of walking 5 to 10 minutes are great and add up together to make up the 150 minutes of recommended physical activity we need each day.
•Instead of meeting up for coffee or lunch with a friend….try meeting up for a walk. Saves on the calories and helps you fit in a workout at the same time.
•Look for reasons to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away from the store. Look for the long way instead of the short cut.
Celebrate National Walking day by going on a nice stroll today.