National Walking Day!

It seems that every day we hear something about the problem with obesity for kids and adults. As the days get longer and the weather warms up, the excuses come to an end. It's time to put on your tennis shoes.

According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease! Heart disease is the number one killer in America!But by exercising for as little as a half an hour a day, you can reduce your risk. How do you make a change? Start small. And start today. Today is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day. Why not take a 30 minute walk today. Just a small commitment can turn into something great. So grab a friend, family member or co-worker and get walking!

Remember, don't think about it too much. Take it one day at a time and eventually walking each day will feel like routine. Here are some tips on getting started:

Dress for the weather. Layer clothing that you can remove or add as your temperature changes. Take cold or rain into consideration when getting ready.

Wear the right shoes. If you want to make exercise a part of your life, it will be worth every penny to get a new pair of shoes. If you go to a specialty running store, they can help you get the best fit.

Start slow. Work up to whatever exercise you have in mind as a goal. Don't start your first day expecting to run four miles. Also, it helps to exercise at the same time every day.

Find alternative routes. If you are shopping, park at the other end of the mall and walk to the store you want to go to. If you have the option, take the stairs.

Think outside the track. If running or walking isn't your thing, consider a different exercise you might enjoy, such as biking, swimming or even dancing!

Write it down. Keep an exercise log of what you do and when. When you look back on it, you will feel great about what you have accomplished!

 

For more information on the importance of physical activity, check out the American Heart Association's website.

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