National Walking Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of April every year, and it’s a day that encourages people to get outside and move their bodies by walking. Walking is an effective way to improve physical and mental health, and it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.
Walking has many benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, stronger bones and muscles, weight loss, and reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Walking can also help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase overall well-being.
In addition to the physical and mental benefits of walking, it’s also a great way to connect with nature and explore your local community. Walking can be a solo activity or a social one, and it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family while getting some exercise.
To celebrate National Walking Day, consider walking in your local community or exploring a new area. You can also organize a walking event with friends or coworkers or participate in a community walk or charity walk to raise awareness and support for a cause you care about.
Suppose you’re new to walking for exercise or last walked a while ago. In that case, starting slowly and gradually increasing your distance and intensity is essential. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed. Walking can be enjoyable to improve your health, so why not try it on National Walking Day?
Before beginning any walking program, consider discussing your plan with your doctor. Particularly if you have health issues such as diabetes.
Marching orders: How to start a walking program, Harvard Health Publishing
Step 1: How to Start Walking, Runner’s World
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