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Today Is National Walking Day. Follow These Tips


Today Is National Walking Day. Follow These Tips

LOS ANGELES, CA – Physical activity is one of the best ways to improve overall health and manage stress, yet 1 in 4 U.S. adults are sedentary for more than eight hours each day, which can have negative consequences on physical and mental health.

The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, established the first Wednesday in April as National Walking Day to encourage people to move more throughout their day.

Physical activity, such as walking, can help reduce stress, improve mood, sleep, and lower the risk of diseases.

Walking is one of the most versatile forms of exercise because you can do it just about anytime, anywhere. These tips will help you get your walk on at the right time for you.

Morning better for you?

-Before you go to bed, get your walking clothes and shoes ready so it’s easy to put them on quickly and head out the door.

-Eat a piece of fruit or a few spoonsful of yogurt for a quick fuel-up.

-Walk to your favorite jams to help get you moving. Just make sure you can still hear traffic.

-If it’s still dark, wear reflective clothing or carry a light.

-Be sure to stretch a bit at the end of your walk. Watch a morning news show or check your email while stretching.

Is lunchtime the only break in your busy day?

-Schedule your lunchtime walks in your work calendar. Think of it as an important appointment.

-Keep everything you need for walking at work. This way, you won’t find yourself saying, “I forgot my shoes. I can’t go.”

-Recruit some coworkers to join you. You can keep each other on track.

-Depending on your walking pace, the weather and how much you sweat, you may be able to wear your work clothes and just put on athletic shoes. Or you may prefer to change into a T-shirt.

-In cooler weather, you might need a jacket, hat, or gloves. If you’re walking briskly, you’ll heat up in a few minutes, so don’t overdress.

-Bring your lunch or pick a route where you can grab a quick healthy meal at the end of your walk.

Is working out after work your idea of happy hour?

-Have a light snack about an hour or two before you leave so you don’t feel an energy dip and talk yourself out of walking. Try yogurt, a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit.

-Pick a route without heavy traffic because rush hour can increase air pollutants.

-Do some shoulder rolls and other warm-ups to release the stress of the day before heading out.

-Wear reflective clothing or carry a light if it’s already dark.

Every Step Counts

Most adults should try for at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity activity. Thirty minutes of brisk walking at least five days a week is one way to meet this goal. But what if you’re so tight on time that you can’t spare a half hour every day? Then get creative and break up your activity into shorter sessions.

For example:

-In the morning, park or get off the bus or train about 10 minutes away from your job and walk briskly to work.

-At lunch, walk for 10 minutes around where you work, indoors or outdoors.

-At the end of the day, walk briskly for 10 minutes back to your car or station.

And there you have an easy 30-minute daily workout! Remember, exercise is any kind of physical activity that gets your heart rate up.

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