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Walking into Better Health

Walking into Better Health

How Walking Supports Your Overall Health

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), only about 20% of teens and adults get enough exercise in their weekly schedules. By getting in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity each week, you can maintain and support various areas of your health.

While getting up and getting active can seem intimidating, even making time each day for a 30 minute walk can provide your body with a host of health benefits.

Improves Your Circulation

When you set out for a walk around your neighborhood or hit your favorite nature trail, you’re helping to support your heart health by improving your circulation. This is because this type of aerobic activity raises your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, and ultimately strengthens your heart muscle, making it more efficient.

Helps You to Maintain a Healthy Weight

When it comes to trying to lose weight or maintain a healthier weight, getting regular aerobic activity in your weekly routine is a must—and walking is an excellent place to start! When you go for a brisk walk, you increase the number of calories that your body is using for energy. When you burn off more calories than you intake, you have a calorie deficit, causing you to lose weight.

Prevents and Reduces Joint Pain

While aches and pains may make you feel as though you should be taking it easy, getting up and getting moving can actually help. When it comes to your hips, knees, and other weight-bearing joints, taking regular walks can help strengthen the muscles that support them and help maintain flexibility.

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