Moving towards a healthier lifestyle

Each year in April, the American Heart Association sparks a movement with National Walking Day. Today, April 5, 2017, is used to encourage individuals to take a few extra steps to move towards a healthier lifestyle.

So…it’s walking day. What do we need to do?

Walk thirty minutes TODAY! It just takes going on a walk to celebrate the day!

Research shows that walking at least thirty minutes per day can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well-being, reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (heart.org).

What might help motivate you:
1. Walk with an accountability partner
2. Set a specific route with time goals
3. Set a timer and make sure you complete the time
4. Upload new music to listen to during your walk
5. Take a pet with you (canines need exercise too)

Or if you are like me, you might use those 30 minutes to call a friend or family member. Just make sure they know why your breathing is more labored than normal!

Whether you are starting your healthy lifestyle journey or you just need a boost to get back on track, it never hurts to look the part. Below are some of my favorite items to wear on a walk (sorry, fellas, you might want to stray away from the women’s section).

*Click on the photo to find links to items.

Reebok Cardio Capri  – The soft nylon, breathable, speedwick capris are perfect for cardio, using weights or a fitness class.

Reebok ActivChill Tee – This v-neck tee is flattering, cool, and fitted just enough to move with you during your walk.

Asics Running Shoes – It’s important to have a durable shoe that will support your foot on a treadmill, trail or track. I have found that Asics fit me well and have substantial support.

Use National Walking Day to help make a change towards a better, more fit YOU. Just thirty minutes of a quick-tempo walk could make a difference.

Don’t forget to stretch! Happy walking.

-Sara

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