Health Benefits of Walking

Have you heard the saying, “it’s the little things?”  In the case of walking, it really is!

The American Heart Association tells us that walking just 30 minutes a day can help you lose weight, improve your mental health, and lower your risk for some diseases and cancers.

Starting a new habit or routine can be hard – starting small may be easier for you.  For example, instead of walking 30 minutes every day, try walking 10 minutes a day for the first week and then increase to 12 minutes the next week.  Also, having someone to walk with can make your walks fun.   If walking in your neighborhood is a worry for you, the American Heart Association has created a website were you search for walking trails near you!   Click here to find walking trails in your area!

After two weeks, it may be easier for you to slip out of your new habit. Create a back-up plan in case this happens to you.  Try writing down your goal and the benefits of your new habit.  Sometimes it helps to tell others about your new goal to help keep you motivated.  Here’s a plan to get you started:

Week 1     10 minutes every day
Week 2   12 minutes every day
Week 3   15 minutes every day
Week 4   20 minutes every day
Week 5      25 minutes every day
Week 6   30 minutes every day


Now head outside and start walking your way to better health!

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Post by Anna Ericson


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