Cape Gazette

Fitness Friday: Walk before you Run

By Rachel Swick Mavity | Jun 06, 2014
Where will you be walking this weekend?

I am about to enter Month Three post-pregnancy and I am starting to get more energy. I feel like I am coming back – at least the me I used to know. And, I am feeling stronger, which makes me think I can start running. This week, I started jogging a little bit and was sore for two days. It reminded me of that saying “Walk before you run.” Oh so true.

Here are some Walking Facts from America Walks:

• According to the CDC , 33% of U.S. adults are classified as obese (BMI≥30), compared to 15% in the 1970s.

• Brisk walking (≥3.5 mph) has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, increase high-density lipoprotein, and even reduce risks of bone fracture.[5]

• Brisk walking has also been associated with lower mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer.⁴

• 21% to 34% of U.S. adults meet public health recommendations (5 times per week for at least 30 minutes) for physical activity by walking. [6]

• In the last 40 years, childhood obesity has increased 5-fold for kids age 6-11.

• Providing ideal conditions for walking is illegal in most suburban communities.

So many communities are not set up for walking, but you could change that by becoming a walking advocate.

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