Stepping Into Heart Health

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise because almost anyone can do it. It is easy to do, can be performed anywhere, and doesn’t cost a lot. 

 

Why is walking so beneficial?

  • It improves heart and lung health for overall cardiovascular fitness
  • It is a low-impact form of weight-bearing exercise that stimulates osteoblasts (bone building cells) to improve bone density
  • It helps build leg strength and endurance
  • It can help build arm strength if you pump your arms during quicker speeds
  • It contributes to a healthy body weight
  • It improves overall mood and can reduce signs and symptoms of depression

 

Walking can be a solitary activity or can be performed in a small or large group as a social activity or a friendly competition.

 

Walking can be slow as in a leisurely stroll or fast as in race walking events with USA Track & Field. Yes, race walking is an Olympic event!

 

Walking can be as simple as walking in the neighborhood.

 

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