Walking 30 minutes a day has been proven to have a multitude of positive effects on the body and overall health. For example, walking:

  • Decrease’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer by 20%.
  • Boosts immune function to help fight off common cold and flu.
  • Strengthens your cardiovascular function.
  • Burns calories to promote healthy weight. The amount of calorie burn can vary depending on walking speed, distance, surface, and your current weight.
  • May help to lower blood sugar if walks are taken after meals.
  • Eases joint pain, especially in the hips and knees by promoting the increase in joint lubrication.
  • Boosts overall energy by increasing flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body.
  • Improves your mood by helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Strengthens the legs and core muscles, especially when walking in hilly areas.
  • Can boost creative thinking, more so when walking outdoors.

These tips can help you start a walking program safely:

  • Stay well hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen if walking outside
  • Wear proper footwear
  • Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing
  • Walk with a friend

Remember to have fun!