When you walk to school or work, you’re taking time out from your busy day to do some- thing worthwhile for yourself and your environment. You are physically healthier, have a better mental attitude and you’re making a valuable contribution to cleaner air. Walking helps to:
- Decreased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
- Prevention of Osteoporosis
- Healthy Weight Management
- Preventing and Managing Diabetes
- Emotional Well Being
- Think, "move more, sit less." It's a change in thought that creates a change in behavior.
- Consider wearing a pedometer.
- Check your steps over the course of a typical week to find your baseline level of activity.
- Then, add on from there. Work up to 30-60 minutes (or 2-4 miles) of purposeful walking per day.
- Take longer walks on some days. Take shorter, faster walks on a variety of terrain on other days.
- Remember to stretch often
- And don't forget to smell the roses! Enjoy your walk!