Around 80% of adults do not get enough regular physical activity to maintain good health, which leads to increased risk of heart disease, chronic fatigue and poorer quality of life.
On National Walking Day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest activities you can do to improve your quality of life.
A few of the many benefits of regular physical activity:
• Lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.
• Help control your appetite.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Reduce or control blood pressure.
• Give you more energy to do the things you love.
• Increase your “good” HDL cholesterol level.
• Help control blood sugar.
• Release stress and calm you.
• Improve your mood and enhance your mental well-being.
• Improve your quality of sleep.
Adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity—at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes per week (2.5 hours out of 168 hours in a week is less than 1.5%!!)
Many Americans live packed schedules, but you can improve your overall health with small changes to your daily routine.
• Schedule your lunchtime walk in your work calendar. Think of it as an important appointment.
• Keep everything you need for walking at work. This way you won’t have excuses for forgetting your shoes.
• Recruit a co-worker to join you. You can keep each other on track.
• Split up the 30 minutes into 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening
There are 10,080 minutes in a week—spending 150 minutes (less than 1.5%) can improve your health. Make your health a priority and start walking now!!