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Enjoy National Walking Day

The National Walking day emphasizes the importance and the health benefits of taking a walk. The observance began in 2007, and it is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of April.

As part of the American Heart Association’s efforts to promote healthy living, National Walking Day came to fruition. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost
muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such
as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms
of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise-around 75 minutes per week-improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood
streets. There are various clubs, venues and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle. 

For more information about the benefits of walking, visit Health.Harvard.edu/stayinghealthy/
walking-your-steps-to-health.
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