National Walking Day — Celebrate Health, Take a Walk!

Celebrate Health, Take a Walk! (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Get Moving on National Walking Day

Whether it’s lowering your carbon footprint or getting more movement into your day, walking has endless benefits. This year, National Walking Day falls on April 6. As the name suggests, it’s a day that encourages anyone and everyone to get walking.

Time to Celebrate One of The Easiest And Most Accessible Forms of Exercise: Walking. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Healthy Living: Eight Benefits of Walking

Walking is an excellent alternative to traditional exercise. If you’re searching for a reason to take a walk, look no further. Walking benefits your body and mind now and in the future.

1. Feel Grateful

It’s too easy to take walking for granted. So many of us are guilty of it. But if you can get out of your bed and use your own legs to move around, it’s a reason to be grateful. Appreciate your body for what it does for you every day.

Appreciate Your Body for What it Does for You Every Day. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

2. Boost Weight Loss

Regular physical activity is a key part of maintaining a healthy weight. Adding thirty minutes of brisk walking to your day could burn about 150 calories. The faster your pace, the more calories you burn.

3. Support Heart Health

These days, people are sitting more than ever with work, TV, and laptops taking up a lot of time. All that sitting can have a negative impact on your heart. Walking for an extra thirty minutes each day can lower your heart disease and stroke risk by thirty-five percent.

Walking for an Extra Thirty Minutes Each Day. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

4. Reduce Risk of Chronic Diseases

It’s not just heart disease that walking can help prevent. Even walking just a little may help you live longer. Studies show that walking is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and diabetes. While it’s difficult to say if walking will prevent cancer, it can form part of a healthy lifestyle that lowers the risk of chronic diseases.

5. Lower Blood Pressure

When high blood pressure is left unchecked, it can lead to complications like:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Heart disease
Blood Pressure: How to Walk to Lower Blood Pressure | Ehowhealth

6. Improve Mood

Walking isn’t just good for the body, but the mind too. Being active can improve your mood, increase self-confidence, and reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows that walking for an hour a day reduces the risk of major depression.

7. Prevent Disability

One hour of weekly walking can help prevent disability in older adults with osteoarthritis. That works out at less than ten minutes per day of walking to stave off disability. Activities like gardening and walking can help prevent problems with mobility as you get older.

8. Curb Cravings

Walking for fifteen minutes can help curb your cravings for high-calorie and sugary snacks. Taking a brisk walk during the day may keep your mind off snacking and reduce your appetite.

How to Celebrate National Walking Day

Naturally, one of the best ways to celebrate National Walking Day this year is to go for a walk. Call a friend or meet a family member for a nature stroll. If you’re trying to incorporate more walking into your schedule, here are some tips.

Step Outside With Your Friends and Walk to the Local Park. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Join a Walking Club

There are walking groups throughout the United States for different areas. You can join a club or even start one yourself. A great place to start is Meetup. You can find walking groups and meet local people interested in walking from Los Angeles to Nashville. You can also search America’s Walking Club for events near you and walking clubs throughout the nation.

Make Small Changes to Increase Physical Activity

Try to make small changes to your day that increase your steps, like:

  • Park your car farther away from your destination.
  • Walk after a meal.
  • Take the stairs.
  • Get off the bus a stop early.
10,000 Indoor STEP🚶‍♀️Challenge (Burn Calories!) | Joanna Soh

Track Your Steps

Track your steps with a phone or smartwatch, and make it a point to reach your daily goals. Tracking your steps is a good way to hold yourself accountable and provide a reminder to move more throughout the day.

Healthy Lifestyle: Celebrate Health, and Start Walking Today

It’s easy to brush off walking as a form of exercise. But a brisk walk can build stamina, improve heart health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. This National Walking Day, celebrate your health, take a walk, and enjoy the benefits.

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