Get Moving: Celebrate National Walking Day
Forty-five years ago, Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, developed the Aerobics Point System and determined that aerobic exercise was the best form of fitness to produce beneficial changes in the respiratory and circulatory systems, improving your total health. He assigned points to 41 exercises based on type of movement, duration and level of exertion, and determined that walking is one of the top five aerobic activities.
Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day – a day dedicated to encouraging you to take a 30-minute walk to improve your health. Cooper Aerobics is one of many companies, organizations and individuals across America that have pledged to participate.
We hope you will lace up your sneakers and go for a walk to improve your heart health. Here are a few good reasons why you should incorporate walking into your fitness routine:
- Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day, five days a week not only provides heart health benefits, but it reduces the risk of all death by all causes by 58 percent.
- Walking is a great way to get in shape while applying minimal stress to your joints. Whether you are young or old, active or inactive, walking can be done by almost anyone, anywhere.
- Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health, and it is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey.
Start a walking program today!