Walking Your Way to Health
NOTE: Before starting any exercise program, you should always check with your physician.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. People of all ages and backgrounds can get heart disease. However, exercising at a moderate-intensity for as little as 30 minutes each day can reduce your risk of heart disease by helping you maintain a healthy weight and lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Walking is simple and easy, and the benefits are plenty. Walking will not only prevent cardiovascular diseases, but it will also control weight, reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, reduce risk for some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, improve mood and ability to do daily activities, prevent falls and increase chances of living longer.
- Walking is the “gateway” activity to more advanced exercise.
- Walking is a gentle, low impact exercise that can ease you into higher levels of fitness and health.
- Walking is the simplest most sustainable change you can make in your life to effectively improve your health.
- Practice is not required to be good at walking.
- It is safe, simple, and free.
- Walking will leave you feeling smarter, happier, thinner, and energized.
Even though the first step of any journey can be the most difficult, once you take that first step, you will begin walking your way to better health.