Today is National Walking Day! The American Heart Association encourages you to walk for 30 minutes today, so grab some walking shoes and a buddy and hit the pavement! The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends for all adults to accumulate 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week.
Research shows that walking on a regular basis can improve health and increase lifespan. It can also help maintain body weight, lower risk of obesity, and enhance mental well-being. Additionally, it can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes.
Challenge those in your life to increase their daily steps! Start by implementing walking meetings at work and work your way up to a walking event or 5K. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to ask a coworker a question instead of calling them, or be bold and replace dessert with an after dinner walk.
Did You Know?
- Only 48% of adults get enough aerobic activity to improve their health
- In a study done by the CDC, 6 in 10 adults reported walking for at least 10 minutes in the previous week
- More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle
- Walkable communities result in more physical activity
Start your own Walking Club!
- Pick your target audience: will you walk with employees, friends, or both?
- Set a time: what time makes the most sense for your target audience?
- Select a route: map out a safe path that is close to those with whom you are walking. You can even walk around your building!
- Have a backup plan: If weather does not permit, try walking inside a mall or indoor track.
Sources: American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Council on Exercise, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.