Around the Park/ After dark. . .
*The blog post title is from Jill Scott’s song A Long Walk. Check the song out, Check the album out, and then continue to binge listen to her for a few hours.*
Today we are talking about walking. Walking? Yes, WALKING!
Walking has been the topic of many conversations, conference calls & convention workshops in my life over the last 12 months. In September 2015, the Surgeon General released his Call to Action which focused on Walking and Walkability. Active Living Research, The CDC, The National Physical Activity Plan, National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and many other organizations have followed suit and provided infographics, assistance and other information about walking and starting walking programs.
I run hills. I lift. I climb. I play tennis. Everybody knows this, but all these activities can be hard on the body. Walking, on the other hand, provides a multitude of benefits (which I’ll list below) and it is low impact. When I had a full schedule of clients for personal training, walking was always included in the warm up for clients with chronic conditions.
The World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and American Heart Foundation recommend a minimum 10,000 steps per day to improve health and reduce risks of chronic disease. (source)
Why is walking such a hot topic these days?
- Walking is inexpensive. You don’t need any specialized equipment or clothing.
- Lower risk of injury because walking isn’t vigorous and has a low intensity level
- It is highly inclusive [for many disabled individuals] with the assistance of a walking aid or another person.
- For individuals who are sedentary and inactive, walking is a great way to introduce physical activity.
- Walking is physical activity and there are numerous health benefits that are associated with being physically active.