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?
Hancock Health’s team of therapists support these recommendation that adults 18 years or older need a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 or more days a week to be healthy. Children and teens require 60 minutes of physical activity each day. So to help you, we have partnered with Walk with a Doc to get you started.
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.
We can give you five good reasons to join us!
- It reduces stress, helps you relax and improves your energy levels.
- Walking works all major muscle groups.
- Walking lowers your risk for diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
- Walking does not cause as many injuries as other workouts.
- No equipment is needed … just a good pair of walking shoes. You also don’t need a gym membership.
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country and we at Hancock Health are honored and thrilled to be a part of Walk with a Doc. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.