“If there were a pill that people could take that would nearly cut in half the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, everyone would be clamoring to take it,” says JoAnn E. Manson, Dr.P.H., MD of Harvard Medical School. “But that pill really is available to everyone in the form of 30 minutes a day of brisk walking.”
Here at Healthy You Now, we are inviting you to pledge to walk for 30 minutes each day this week. So how can you squeeze in 30 minutes when you can barely find enough minutes in the day to tackle your never-ending to-do list?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Walk on your lunch break
- Walk the dog everyday
- Walk and talk with a friend
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Skip the gym and take a brisk walk outdoors
To stay motivated, share your pledge to walk for a healthy you now with friends via social media and encourage them to get moving as well. While you may think walking more is too much of a pain, it can be as simple as parking a little bit further way from your job. It’s not as convenient, but then again, neither is being sick! It’s simple and could have an amazing impact on your life.
“We’ve had all of these innovations to make our lives easier. Because they make our lives easier, we don’t walk as much. Those innovations, while they were very good, have side effects,” Benjamin explains. “It affects everything from blood pressure to heart disease, strokes, even our mental health is involved when we aren’t moving and exercising like we should.”
Tell us how you plan to make walking part of every day life, or share your ideas and successes in the comments section below.