National Walk@Lunch Day

April 25, 2012


By: JayEll Vaughn (@CurlzNPumpz/@blackgirlsrun) Today is National Walk@Lunch Day. The day was created by Blue Cross Blue Shield to help improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for employers and employees. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average family in America spends approximately $1,000 a year treating illnesses and chronic diseases onset by an inactive lifestyle. On your days off from running, cross-training days, or even your rest days, it is still important to keep you body moving. Go for an early morning stroll, lunch break walk away from your desk, or an after dinner walk and talk with your loved one. Improve your health step by step. Is walking a good enough workout? Absolutely! "It all depends on good form and intensity," says Chris Feytag, Fitness Expert. You need to plant your foot correctly, and move your arms briskly. It does not take a fancy treadmill for you to have a great walking workout, you can do it in the park or community. To get the best results from your walk, incorporate a walk that fits your daily lifestyle and routine. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It's safe, simple and doesn't require practice. So, we challenge you today to incorporate a 30 minute walk in your schedule today. It's just enough of a workout to help lower your blood pressure, improve your mood, and stay strong and fit.

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