National Walking Day is Wednesday, April 5, the perfect opportunity to jumpstart your activity and start building healthy habits in your kids.
Even a daily 30-minute walk can provide significant health benefits, including:
- Reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes
- Improving blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- Preventing weight gain and lowering the risk of obesity
- Improving mental well-being
- Increasing energy and stamina
- Reducing the risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and colon cancer
The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. If you don’t have a solid 30 minutes to devote to a walk, break it up and go for 10-minute walks three times during your day.
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Take the kids to the park for 30 minutes of playtime among all of you.
- Park farther from the entrance to your work, the grocery store, restaurant or mall.
- Take the stairs, even if it is just one or two floors.
- Have a walking meeting with co-workers.
Commit to making a walk or other physical activity part of your daily routine starting on National Walking Day, and every day in April. See how you feel at the end of the month. The health benefits will pay off in a big way.