Wednesday was the American Heart Association's National Walking Day. Because Americans are spending more time at work than ever before, the AHA started the initiative to encourage employees to wear sneakers to work and to take at least 30 minutes of their day to get up and walk.
Just because National Walking Day has ended does not mean that its purpose has. Walking is one of the simplest way to incorporate activity into your day. It can be a peaceful solo stroll or a time to gab with friends and neighbors who want to walk as well. You can join a community walking group, like the Mableton Improvement Coalition's weekly walking/running group, which meets at the Mable House Complex at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
With the incredible Silver Comet Trail right in our backyard, there is no reason to not lace up your sneakers and take even a 20-minute walk three days a week there. With beautiful scenery and lots of neighbors out and about, it's a great way to stay motivated and healthy.
Statistics show that 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor. From walking clubs and paths to cooking tips and easy-made recipes, the American Heart Association’s My Heart.My Life. healthy living initiative is working to help individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy – all part of the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal. Don’t stop with signing up for Heart Walk; use our American Heart Association Walking Clubs and Walking Paths to keep you walking every day. Visit MyHeartMyLife.org to learn more.