Walking Really Works


Join us Wednesdays at 10am January 23-March 27 at Clearview Mall for our Walking Club! It's free, open to all, and no commitment is required. For more information, contact Linda Reichart. lreichart@butlerhealthclinic.org 724-841-0980 x110




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


Health Benefits of Walking

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Lower blood sugar

  • Reduced body fat

  • Stronger bones

  • Improved Balance

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance

  • Reduced risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers


Make it a Routine

To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can on most days of the week. ‘Brisk’ means that you can still talk but not sing, and you may be puffing slightly. You use the same amount of energy, no matter what time of day you walk, so do what is most convenient for you.


Shoes

The wrong type of shoe or walking action can cause foot or shin pain, blisters and injuries to soft tissue. Make sure your shoes are comfortable, with appropriate heel and arch supports. Take light, easy steps and make sure your heel touches down before your toes.


Make it Fun

Some suggestions to help make regular walking a pleasurable form of physical activity

  • varying where you walk

  • walking the dog

  • walking with friends

  • joining a walking club (like ours!)

Ways to keep your daily walk interesting

  • If you want to stick close to home and limit your walking to neighborhood streets, pick different routes so you don’t get tired of seeing the same sights

  • Walk at various times of the day. The sights to see first thing in the morning are bound to be different from those of the afternoon or early evening.

  • Drive to different reserves, park the car and enjoy the views while you walk.

  • Explore what’s going on around you, notice the sky, the people, the sounds

Written by:

Cara Burns

CHCBC Intern




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