Monday, October 19, 2015

Walktober!

Make October the month that you Step It Up!

Megan Streveler with Shape Up can help you to meet your walking or other fitness goals.
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Below is a photo I took last week on a walk through my neighborhood. What will you find on your next walk?

Besides having the ability to enjoy the beautiful scenery when you are out for a walk, walking has many additional benefits such as lowering your LDL or "bad" cholesterol, helping you to reduce your weight or maintain your weight, or reduce stress. It also can strengthen your heart, lower disease risk and can improve your mental health. 
With all of these benefits you are probably wondering how often do I need to walk?                                                             
Doctors recommend that everyone gets at least 2 ½ hours of moderate activity (such as a brisk walk) per week.
How can you make a walking program part of your life?
  • Start with a short-term goal. For example, walk for 5-10 minutes every day. Or increase your number of steps by 300 to 500 each day.
  • After you have made walking a habit, set a longer-term goal. For example, you may set a goal of walking briskly for at least 30 minutes a day and maybe work up to 10,000 steps a day.
  • You can wear a pedometer to track your steps each day.
  • Find a walking partner or take daily dog walks in order to stay motivated and keep up your walking routine.