National Walking Day Aims to Get People Moving

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This article was reposted with permission from Walk Score.

The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day on April 3, 2013 aims to get people moving. 

Walk. Stroll. Gallop. The American Heart Association has designated April 3, 2013 as National Walking Day. Walking is one of the easiest ways to boost your health and prevent physical and mental illness. It’s free and — with spring in the air and winter waning — now is the time to walk more. Suggestions for how to easily participate in National Walking Day include:

  1. Walk to and/or from work.
  2. Walk to a public transit stop that’s a little further than your normal stop.
  3. Walk during lunch. Take a picnic and eat at a park. Vitamin D will drown any sorrows and new scenery will refresh your mind.
  4. Hold a walking meeting instead of gathering in a conference room.
  5. Walk with a friend after work.
  6. Stand more often while working. Make phone calls while standing.

Kudos to the American Heart Association for organizing such a simple and good day in which everyone of any age and ability can participate. As the National Walking Day website says, “Ditch your desk on April 3 and take a 30 minute walk around your workplace.”

See Walk Score’s top 10 health benefits of walking.

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