Yesterday, April 1st, was National Walking Day. People everywhere laced up their shoes to get in on the action. You may be wondering, “Why is walking so important? And how much walking do I need to do to receive health benefits from it?”
This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing National Walking Day 2015.
Walking Your Way to Better Health: How to Get Started. Cleveland Clinic. “To get the most benefit, you need to take 10,000 steps a day, which can be measured by a pedometer. Keep in mind that about half of your 10,000 steps can come from activities of everyday living. Examples include walking to mow the lawn (instead of a using a riding mower), taking the dog for a walk…”
Walking 101. The American Heart Association. “If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, aim for 40 minute sessions of moderate to vigorous activity 3 to 4 times a week. You could do this by walking 2 miles briskly (about 4 miles/hr). If that’s too fast, choose a more comfortable pace.”
9 Ways to Walk More on National Walking Day. Huffington Post. “Schedule a walking meeting. If you've got a colleague who's game, try taking your next meeting outside of the conference room. You'll both appreciate the change of scenery, and it may even make you more productive.”
The Truth about 10,000 Steps a Day. Live Science. “Studies conducted since then suggest that people who increased their walking to 10,000 steps daily experience health benefits. One study found that women who increased their step count to nearly 10,000 steps a day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks. Another study of overweight women found that walking 10,000 steps a day improved their glucose levels. “