Story by: Tracy Keller on April 6, 2016
Did you know for every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours!
Wednesday, April 6, is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association is challenging us to “lace up and go” for a walk. By starting this simple healthy habit, we can improve our overall health in big ways.
The statistics are startling. About 69 percent of American adults (more than 159 million) are overweight or obese, and 30 percent report that they do not participate in leisure time physical activity.
That inactivity is leading to serious health issues, including heart disease and stroke, in one out of four American adults (about 85.6 million) — nearly one in two for African Americans.
National Walking Day is a chance to jumpstart your activity and improve those statistics, even if it is just a short walk around the block.
A daily 30-minute walk can provide significant health benefits, including:
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.
It’s easier than you think to add more steps to your routine:
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.
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