What Exercise Does The Surgeon General Promote?

  There is a reason the Surgeon General called for a national walking campaign.  It is easy to do and it is extremely good for your health.

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As little as 150 minutes per week, about 20 mins a day, of brisk walking can reduce the risk factors that lead to disease, including high blood pressure and obesity.

Walking is associated with a higher quality of life and improved mental and emotional health.

 

Quick Tips for Walkers

  • Stretch for 5-10 minutes before or after your walk.  Try this routine.
  • Walk in nature.  Try walking around the neighborhood, or walk local trails, parks or lakes.
  • Keep good posture. Gaze forward, not down at the ground, with your chin level and head up.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.
  • Wear shoes designed for walking for greater comfort and to prevent injuries.  Avoid wearing flip flops or dress shoes.

 

Sources and more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/walking/index.htm

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/#Additional%20Resources

http://everybodywalk.org/walking-a-great-place-to-start/

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