AtlantiCare wants you to 'Step it Up'

Regular exercise is an important part of your health. People who get regular exercise feel better, sleep better, have more energy, and often handle stress better than people who don’t.

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy recently announced his 2015 Call to Action – an initiative called “Step it Up” which encourages people to get more exercise through walking.

There are many benefits to walking. It’s free, easy, and can be fun and social if you make the effort to include others in your walks. Most importantly, it’s a great way to exercise – and most anyone can do it. Here are a few ways you can incorporate walking into your daily routine:

  1. Get up from your desk once an hour to walk – up and down hall, around the building, or to a colleague to remind him or her to walk.
  2. Start your morning with a ten minute walk.
  3. Take a ten minute walk after dinner.
  4. If you’re walking your dog, bring a family member. If you don’t have a dog, ask a neighbor if you can walk hers.
  5. Take the stairs rather than an elevator or escalator.
  6. If you can walk, rather than drive, to get to your location, do it!
  7. Begin or finish your strength training work out with a five minute walk.

According to the American Heart Association, walking for just 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancers, and type 2 diabetes. It will help you maintain your body weight, improve your blood pressure, and enhance your overall wellbeing. This is one simple, positive change that will have great rewards for your health!

I see people of all fitness levels incorporating walking into their workouts at the LifeCenter. When weather puts a damper or freeze on outdoor walking, use a treadmill or a track - such as the indoor track at the LifeCenter's EHT location - or walk at a mall.

Where are you favorite places to walk? What other ways do you enjoy getting exercise?