According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.
Birmingham Walk are being led by Dr. Barry Rayburn. Dr. Rayburn is a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast. He is a native of Jacksonville, Illinois and trained at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He moved to Birmingham in 1997 on faculty at UAB where he remained for 13 years, rising to the rank of Professor. He joined CVASE in 2010 where he practices general cardiology with an emphasis on congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.
Since exercise is well known to prevent cardiovascular disease, and to be an effective part of the treatment for many patients with cardiovascular disease, Dr. Rayburn became very interested in the “Walk with a Doc” program and wanted to bring it to Birmingham.
Dr. Rayburn notes that: “Many people are told to exercise by their doctors, but never start because they’re afraid they don’t have the time or can’t do enough to make a difference. This program is about showing people that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day can change the risk of heart disease.”