Wednesday Walks for Wellness
September 6, 13, 20 & 27
Meet at Health Promotion office, 177 Hercules (just south of Health Services building)
During the month of September, we invite you to join us for a weekly walk over the lunch hour. If you wish, consider tracking your steps with a phone app, a pedometer or your FitBit. It’s easy to track and it can motivate you as see your progress.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy. Experts recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate activity such as brisk walking, brisk cycling, or yard work) a week. It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week for health purposes.
We want to also remind you that healthy eating is vital for a healthy body. During the month of September, why not also track the number of servings of vegetables and fruit you eat on Wednesdays?
- Remember, sitting is the new smoking. Sitting can contribute to a decrease in your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. If you're concerned about your health, talk with your doctor before you start a walking program.
- Start with a short-term goal. For example, walk for 15 or 20 minutes every day. Or increase your number of steps by 300 to 1000 each day.
- After you've made walking a habit, set a longer-term goal. You may want to set a goal of walking briskly for at least 30 minutes a day or work up to 10,000 – 12,000 steps a day. You can try to do this 5 days a week or more.
- To stay motivated, find a walking partner, such as a family member, friend, or coworker. Daily dog walks are also a great way to keep up your walking routine.
Health Promotion: Improving your health one step at a time!