… AND IT IS SUNNY!
Get Up and Move!
These days we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. Today, the American Heart Association kicks off a month-long celebration designed to help us all become more active. Today, everyone is encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.
There are countless ways you can get active, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
-Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
-Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
-Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
-Enhance your mental well-being
-Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
-Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
-Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!
Sole-mate: A friend by your side
The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with. You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you’ve never been before. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with friends!