Q: Mr. Pedometer, what’s the big deal about walking?
A: I am going to let the American Heart Association, provide your answer:
“Walking is low-risk and easy to start. It can help keep you fit and reduce your risk of serious diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.
A regular walking program can also:
Improve your cholesterol profile
Lower blood pressure
Increase your energy and stamina
Boost “couch potato” bone strength
Prevent weight gain
“American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Even short 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, aim for 40-minute sessions of moderate to vigorous activity 3 to 4 times a week. You could do this by walking 2 miles briskly (about 4 miles/hr.). If that’s too fast, choose a more comfortable pace.”
As Mr. Pedometer, I try to encourage lifestyle choices that sustain or promote wellness. Walking is easy, inexpensive, and pleasurable, particularly when done in the out-of-doors with a walking buddy. The health benefits listed above make it a “big deal” indeed.