Walking for Health and Happiness

Walking for your health is one of the easiest and accessible methods of getting some exercise in everyday. 

We value your health and happiness, we hope by providing this information it might help you decide to try it! Nature is always so beautiful to look at here in Seattle and readily available!

Walking everyday can provide the following health benefits:

  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage various conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood and outlook
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Walking is an excellent exercise for those beginning a fitness program. If you have any health concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor first. Start slowly with just five minutes a day the first week, and then adding 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes.

You can walk anywhere: parks, malls, high school tracks. You don’t need expensive equipment: comfortable shoes, comfortable clothing, and appropriate weather gear is all. If you want to get more of a full-body workout, invest in walking poles which will engage your arms, shoulders, chest and upper back.

Walking for health with friends and family is a great way to socialize and connect because it provides encouragement and support.

A general goal would be to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and this does not have to be all at one time. You can split it up between a lunchtime walk, taking the stairs, taking a break from your desk and walking around, or parking further away from the store. Miss a day? Don’t be hard on yourself. Just pick up the next day where you left off.

Getting the right amount of exercise is a part of healthy and happy living. Try to go out and enjoy! 

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