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.