The American Heart Association has declared April 2 to be National Walking Day, with the goal of encouraging everyone to take 30 minutes and get up and walk. The event intends to both raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to encourage participants to start walking as a healthy habit.
Research has shown that walking 30 minutes per day can help:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke,
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels,
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity,
- Enhance mental well-being, and
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.
Walking is also a great fitness activity because it has a low dropout rate. Because it’s easy to get started, it’s easier to stick with it and incorporate walking as a healthy habit.
To get your community or company up and moving, the American Heart Association provides tools to help you plan a rally or event at your workplace. On April 2, consider encouraging employees to walk for 30 minutes. Another idea is to invite employees to wear sneakers to work on National Walking Day. Alternatively, try holding at least one walking meeting, which can help you tackle a work problem and work on improving your health at the very same time.