Step Out for Heart Health on National Walk@Lunch Day

Take a walk with us on Wednesday, April 26 for National Walk@Lunch Day and join tens of thousands of walkers nationwide! This day can be the first step toward making a big difference in the health of all Americans. National Walk@Lunch Day began more than a decade ago as a way to encourage people of all ages and lifestyles to walk and form healthy habits for a lifetime.

Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation’s high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70% of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35% spend four or more hours a day watching TV.

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This type of inactivity – or sitting disease – can lead to serious health conditions. For example, nearly 35% of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are among the leading causes of preventable death.

Incorporating a daily walk into your routine can greatly improve your overall heart health. By getting just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week,  you can experience health benefits. Walking has been shown to lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and Type 2 diabetes, improve muscle, bone and joint health, maintain a healthy weight, lead to better sleep and provide a mental boost. Try to incorporate more walking into your day by:

  • Taking a walk with a coworker at lunchtime or schedule a walking meeting.
  • Scheduling a walk with the family after dinner.
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walking to see a colleague rather than calling or emailing.
  • Getting off the bus or train one stop early on your way to work.
  • Starting or joining a walking or hiking group.

Living healthy starts with putting one foot in front of the other. So start by taking a walk with friends, family, or coworkers on April 26, 2017 and turn a working lunch into a walking lunch!

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