A daily routine of 30 minutes or more of walking can help control your weight, lower cholesterol, strengthen your heart and reduce the likelihood of serious health problems down the road. And since America is spending more than ever on preventable health problems such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, every step you take can build a healthier nation.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association sponsors Walking Works, a campaign that helps Americans set and achieve personal walking goals. It’s the Blue program for a healthier America.
The US Surgeon General reports that a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, on most days of the week can produce long-term health benefits. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends at least 30 minutes a day, on 5 or more days a week, or 10,000 steps daily measured by a pedometer. Not everyone can achieve 10,000 steps a day; but almost everyone can find ways to build walking into each day accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity.
Walking works – in many ways. A brisk-paced walk can help you and your family look and feel better, increase energy and pick up your spirits. Take the WalkingWorks pledge and treat yourself and your family to a daily routine of brisk walking. It’s a healthy and simple way to feel better now and reduce the risk of developing serious health problems down the road.
Click here to read more about the program in the WalkingWorks guide.
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