Join a Walk – Health Benefits of Walking

Health Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of the BEST things you can do for your overall health. Many diseases, conditions, and ailments can be prevented or even healed by participating in regular physical activity. Fortunately, even moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking can provide these incredible health benefits.

Physical Health Benefits

– Helps maintain a healthy weight
– Lowers risk of heart disease & stroke
– Lowers risk of several types of cancer
– Regulates blood pressure & cholesterol
– Helps prevent and manage type 2 diabetes
– Helps ease arthritis pain & stiffness
– Strengthens muscles & bones
– Lowers risk of falls

Mental Health Benefits

– Reduces stress & anxiety
– Lowers risk of depression
– Improves mood
– Helps you sleep better
– Improves energy levels
– Improves cognition & creativity
– Lowers risk of dementia & Alzheimer’s
– Improves overall quality of life

How often should you walk?

  • The CDC recommends that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week (about 20-30 minutes per day)
  • What is considered moderate-intensity activity? Use the “talk test” – if you can talk, but not sing, you’re at the right pace.
  • Pair with two days per week of muscle-strengthening activities.
  • Children should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Ways to get active

  • Find things you like to do. Whether it’s walking, swimming, cycling, hiking, dancing, etc, all forms of movement count!
  • Have an accountability partner – include your family, friends, and pets, or join a local Walk with a Doc group.
  • Find ways to incorporate movement in your daily activities:
    • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
    • Park further away in the parking lot
    • Host walking meetings at work
    • Move during TV commercial breaks

Doctor’s Orders!

Whether it’s for the mental or physical benefits, we hope you’re inspired to take a walk today. Our doctors would love to walk alongside you at a local Walk with a Doc event soon!

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