I know that in the busy world that we live in, sometimes it’s hard to take time for yourself, but this fall, I challenge you to take that first step, and want you to know it’s okay to walk!
Walking can help you
- Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
- Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
- Manage your weight
- Improve your mood
- Stay strong and fit
As with any exercise program, be sure to increase speed and distance gradually. Wear good, flexible, walking shoes with a low heel, and be sure to stretch your calves and shins after you walk to prevent shin pain, a common problem for new walkers.
Spring is a great time for you and your family to visit some of the local trails and parks.
So get out and enjoy the weather. Your heart will thank you.