Happy National Walking Day!
It’s National Walking Day, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. The organization encourages everyone to lace up those sneakers and take a 30-minute walk today – and why not take it a step further and make it the start of a new healthy habit for spring?
Walking has been touted for a slew of health benefits and it’s one of the easiest forms of exercise to stick with. Plus, you can do it just about anywhere and all you need to get started are comfortable clothes and supportive shoes.
The AHA 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.
According to the AHA, research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
- Improve blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
- Prevent weight gain and lower the risk of obesity.
- Improve your mental well-being.
- Increase your energy and stamina.
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and colon cancer.
Walking is also a great way to spend time with family members and friends – and a perfect sober activity to make part of your long-term recovery plans. What are you waiting for? Get walking today.
Finding Fitness at Seabrook
At Seabrook we help our clients make regular exercise part of their overall addiction recovery. Our fitness center’s equipment includes recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers, treadmills, free weights, and the Precor Universal Machine. To learn more, call today: 800-761-7575.