IVGID Tip: Stay healthy and active by walking
March 31, 2014
There are countless physical activities out there, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all and infinite health and wellness benefits.
Research has shown that there are many benefits of walking or hiking just 30 minutes or more a day including improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Walking can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and is good for your brain. Walking may be attributed to better memory, creativity, logic, and enhances your overall mental well being.
It reduces stress and boots immune function. Here are a few tips to help you stay active and reap all these benefits from walking or hiking:
Plan for 30 minutes. Walking can have a powerful effect on your health, and it doesn't take very much of it. Most studies show there are benefits from walking as little as 10 minutes, but many more benefits when you walk at least 30 minutes. Set aside time or work it into your daily routine of errands.
Get outside. Walking outdoors presents infinite opportunities to connect with the outside world. See a hawk soaring in the sky, stop and watch its' flight. Find a small path on the side of your trail, take it and explore a new world. Taking a walk outside can positively change your life.
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Join a group. If the thought of walking alone is not your bag, register for one of the many great walking and hiking programs the Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department offers:
• Walk the Village Community Health Challenge (six week walking program, starts in July)
• 5 Peaks in 5 Weeks (starts in July)
• 55+ Take-a-Hike
• Moonlight Hikes
• Slammin Sports & Fitness Youth Day Camp (August 4-7)
• Camp Extreme for Youth
If you need more information about walking and hiking programs through the Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department, please call 775-832-1310 or visit InclineRecreation.com.
This tip was provided by Pandora Bahlman, Incline Village Parks & Recreation Fitness, Health & Wellness Manager.