THE BENEFITS OF WALKING
Thinking about adding more physical activity to your day? Walking can be a great way to get more active. It is the most popular physical activity among adults, and it’s easy to see why. It requires no special clothes or equipment, and it’s free.
Regular walking can have many health benefits. It may lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. It can strengthen your bones and muscles. It can help you maintain a healthy weight. It might also help lift your mood.
Make walking fun by going to places you enjoy, like a shopping center or park. Bring along someone to chat with, or listen to some of your favorite music (but keep the volume low enough to hear the sounds around you).
Think about safety as you plan when and where to walk. Walk with others when possible, and take a phone and ID with you. Let someone know your route and walking time. If it’s dark outside, wear a reflective vest or brightly colored clothing. And always be aware of your surroundings.
For more tips to make walking part of your daily routine, visit www.win.niddk.nik.gov/publications/walking.htm.