NATIONAL WALKING MONTH 2018- May 1-31
Did you know that May is National Walking Month?
Physical Activity Specialist, Lisa Young say “Walking is a fantastic way to keep active and maintain a healthy heart as it is fun, flexible and free.”
Being active helps reduce your risk of developing a heart or circulatory condition, as well as having a stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Walking promotes health benefits, here are some examples:
- Improves Heart Health
Walking helps to improve your heart health. Irish scientists have reported that walking is the best exercise for sedentary individuals, especially adults, to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases. So, make sure to walk for 4 hours a week to maintain a healthy heart!
- Aids Weight Loss
Walking is a great exercise and helps you lose weight. Therefore, it might be a good idea to start walking to and from your nearby destinations, instead of driving your car.
- Regulates Blood Pressure
Walking can also help lower blood pressure. Even if you are unable to complete 10,000 steps per day, you should walk for at least 60 minutes every day to keep your blood pressure levels in check.
- Strengthens Muscles
Like bones, you can also experience loss of muscles as you age. Walking can help you by strengthening and toning your muscles and preventing muscle loss. Regular walking can strengthen your leg and back muscles.
- Reduces Stress
Walking can help reduce the stress levels by improving circulation, which, in turn, provides nutrients and oxygen to the cells. It also stimulates the nervous system receptors and decreases the production of the stress hormones. Breathing in and out while walking also helps to breathe out the tension.
There are many positives in walking. Walking is great, not only for your health, but also to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
By taking part in Just Walk, you can help us to support the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. You can walk wherever and whenever suits you, and it’s an easy way to fund raise. Remember, every pound you raise will fund research that’s so urgently needed to help beat heart disease.
So join and celebrate National Walking Month this May by signing up to Just Walk today. Click HERE to sign up!
Let’s make a start in improving our health and start walking!
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