Today is National Walking Day!
We spend more time at work than ever before and as a nation we are becoming more inactive. So today – April 3, 2013 is American Heart Association’s National Walking Day – a day to get up and move! Take a 3o minute walk, enjoy what spring has to offer – green grass, flowering trees, and the promise of nicer weather and more opportunity to walk!
It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give us a friendly nudge towards a healthier lifestyle.
An Uplifting Message to Start Your Day!
I found this positive message on Alison Buffkin’s Pinterest site under the heading Inspirations. Did you know the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women website has a Go Red BetterU tab offering a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area of your health and provide step-by-step guidance. You’ll have access to everything from daily expert tips to an online journal. Check it out!
Take the Women’s Heart Health Risk Quiz
Are you at risk for heart disease? Take this quiz from the Women’s Heart Foundation to find out. Won’t you walk with me, down the path for a healthy heart, by exercising regularly, eating sensibly, managing the stress in your life and controling high blood pressure.
What can I do to lower my cholesterol and blood pressure?
- Eat a well-balanced diet, low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. This includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Choose lean meat, seafood and poultry. Limit your serving to 6 oz. per day. Trim all visible fat.
- Substitute low-meat or meatless meals.
- Use a minimum of fats and oils
- Use less salt. Limit the salty foods you eat.
- Limit the alcohol you drink.
- 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
Start A Walking Program – American Heart Assoc.
Start a Walking program, and walk with a friend. The American Heart Association says exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If you can’t make that commitment try 2 to 3 times a day for 10 to 15 minutes. Walk, jog, swim, bike. Do strength and stretching exercises for stamina and flexibility. The American Heart Association says walking is associated with lower stroke risk in women.