Start walking for health and well-being

by Maureen Hoffmann, WABI Burien President

Small steps. That’s all it takes to start a walking program toward greater health and a sense of well-being. For just the cost of comfortable walking shoes and a little time, you can go for a walk, get the kinks out, clear the cobwebs, change your outlook and have a body that feels and functions better.

You can start out “low and slow” with fewer steps and an easier pace, then build up to the recommended 10,000 steps a day. (The average American walks 3,000 – 4,000 steps a day according to FitnessMagazine.com) As you integrate more walking into your daily routine, you’ll begin to look forward to your striding time. Your heart rate will pick up; you’ll breathe deeply and you’ll feel greater ease. You’ll be convinced that stepping out for a walk is one of the best things you do for yourself, (and you’ll be right).

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Not only will your body feel better overall, but your brain will be healthier, too! As we face the diseases that too often accompany aging, a walking program may be the best prescription of all.

To pick up some tips on ways to include more walking in your daily life … read more.

This article first published at www.wabiburien.org on January 4, 2013

 

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