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What Are the Benefits of Walking

You know that diet and physical activity are the keys to optimal health, but making time for them in the midst of an already jam-packed schedule can be easier said than done.

If you’ve been wanting to get more physical activity into your routine but don’t know where to start, don’t worry, you’re not alone. No judgments here as we ALL go through this!

Do you want to be one step closer to achieving optimal health? Here are some benefits of walking as well as tips to help you increase your daily steps. Walking can help get you started on your journey to better health.

Are you up for the challenge?

Walking IS a Physical Activity

By now, everyone is aware that regular physical activity is a must for optimal health. Sure finding the time can be a challenge, but what about those who have difficulty getting around?

Not to worry. The second edition of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides options for reaching your physical activity goals through different kinds of activities, including walking.

Walking is one of the most popular forms of physical activity that many of us already do every day. In fact, more than 145 million adults partake in walking as physical activity.

So no more excuses. If you’re not as active as you would like, it’s time to get walking.

Time Management Skills Are Essential

With today’s busy lifestyles, finding the time to fit in physical activity can be challenging.

The good news is, walking can fit into ANY daily routine. Here are some examples of ways to incorporate walking into your day:

-Instead of searching for the parking spot nearest the door, take the far spot and get in a few extra steps.

-When you're shopping, walk the length of the mall before going into any stores. The same can be done at stores by walking the perimeter before doing any shopping.

-Travel frequently? Arrive 30 minutes early in time to walk through the terminals before heading to your departure gate.

-If you work in an office, set an alarm to go off every hour or two, then take a quick walk around the floor.

-That weekly hour chat with your sister is a great time to get in those extra steps.

-Get off the bus or subway one stop early.

Head Out For A Walk With Others

When it comes to any physical activity routine, involving others is a great way to help keep you motivated. Who do you know that can benefit from walking more?

Here are some fun tips to get others walking with you:

- Make a “Walk-and-Talk” date with a friend or family member. Skip the latte and do a loop around the neighborhood instead.

- Host a walking meeting at work. This time is perfect for brainstorming, then hit the conference room to write down ideas.

- Grab a fellow parent and walk around the block while the kids are taking their weekly dance class, piano lessons, soccer practice, etc.

- Make it a nightly habit to go for an after-dinner stroll with the family.

- Keep a pair of sneakers in the car so you and your significant other can go for a romantic moonlit walk after dinner at your favorite restaurant.

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