The Benefits of Walking-
- Control weight
- Increase self-esteem
- Lower anxiety and stress
- Build bone and muscle mass
- Lower Cholesterol
Regular physical activity improves health and reduces the risk of
developing many chronic diseases including heart disease,
high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, and certain
cancers. Although children and adolescents are generally more active
than adults, many still do not meet the recommended guidelines for
Walking is a great low-impact exercise. It is the perfect activity to ease you into other forms of exercise and get you started on your personal fitness journey.
Ways to get moving!
Sign up for a themed 5k walk/run.
Set an example for your family! Find out what physical activity opportunities (e.g., sports leagues, recreation centers, private gyms) are available for youth in your area
and explore ways to get your kids moving too!
Be creative, not all physical activity requires expensive equipment. Use what is
available. For example, soup cans and water jugs can serve as weights
during strength-training activities or a brisk walk.
Use your Food Calendar to mark how many days in a row you have been physically active! Setting a goal is a great way to keep your motivation. Try creating a reward for yourself after 30 days of exercise in a row.
Seek out more information at your local extension office!