Take a Walk – The Benefits of a Walking Program

For some, being physically active can be a daunting, scary idea. However physical activity doesn’t have to mean running stairs or grunting at the gym at the squat rack. Starting a simple walking program can be a great way to start getting active.

What are the health benefits of walking programs:

  • Walking is a weight bearing activity! What does that mean? You carry your own body weight when you walk, which builds stronger bones and reduces your risk of developing a bone disease called Osteoporosis
  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Evidence shows that walking for just 10 minutes a day at a brisk pace reduces risk of heart disease
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Improved balance
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduced body fat

Tips for making walking more fun:

  • Grab a friend
  • Walk your dog
  • Purchase a step counter
  • Walk to your favorite music