NATIONAL WALKING DAY
The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day. This day is to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. Wear your trainers (or take them with you) to work, and at some point in the day, you are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk.
Here are some great ways to make that 30-minutes more enjoyable:
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Take a friend to pass the time.
- Make sure to stretch those muscles.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Move your arms, too.
- Make sure you have good posture.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take thirty minutes out of your day to go for a walk and use #NationalWalkingDay to post on social media.
As part of American Heart Association’s efforts to promote healthy living, National Walking Day was started in 2007. For more information visit www.heart.org.
Research has shown that walking can have a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease.
There are countless ways you can get active, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Sole-mate: A friend by your side
The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with. You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you’ve never been before. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with friends!
The staff at VIDA find their dogs make good walking buddies
Louise the receptionist at VIDA with her dog Ella an 11 year old patterdale x Jack Russell
Jo the receptionist with her dog Daisy a Mastiff who is 10 months old
Amanda the treatment coordinator with her Golden Retriever Buddie who just had his first birthday
Manageress Louise’s two springer spaniels Oscar and Isabel who are now 4 years old
VIDA are celebrating national walking day by giving away a free up 2 by Jawbone wireless activity tracker this afternoon
see the VIDA facebook page to see who the lucky winner is