June 20th, 2016

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Walk Your Way Fit

Summer is officially here and it’s a great time to get out and start walking. There are so many health benefits and, if you find a partner or a group to walk with, there are also many social benefits!

Our Colleague Sue is a big advocate for the benefits of walking. She can often be seen power walking around Campanelli Drive and the nearby area. So she and her Business Office Colleagues have compiled some facts about the benefits of walking.

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a daily brisk walk can help you:

  • Maintain weightwalks
  • Prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mood
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Improve brain function
  • Of course, those with serious health issues should check with their doctor before beginning any exercise program.

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Here are some interesting walking facts for those who have pedometers:

  • For overall health you should walk about 10,000 steps per day
  • To maintain weight you should walk about 11,000 steps per day
  • To lose weight you should walk 12,000 – 15,000 steps per day
  • To lose a 1/2 pound per week by adding steps, you need to expend an extra 1,750 calories. This is equivalent to an extra 20,000 – 40,000 steps per week depending on how much you weigh.

For a good fitness stride, keep your head up; neck, shoulders and back relaxed; swing arms; keep back straight; and roll your foot from heel to toe.

Now just get your sneakers out and plan your 30-minute, or more, route. You can set small goals in the beginning, 10 or 20 minutes, build up to 30… and enjoy! Check out Prevention’s list of fat-burning and energy-boosting walking plans here.

Have a great local route or a walking tip to share? Post your comments below!

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