The American Heart Association announces that April 2 is National Walking Day. The organization encourages people to exercise 30 minutes a day to reduce the risk of heart disease, and suggests that walking is a simple way to get started.
“Statistics show that one in two men, and one in three women are a risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor. Walking is the simplest way to start a fitness journey and has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Walking is as easy as parking farther away from your office, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to lunch. It improves circulation, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels and promotes weight loss. The American Heart Association has established a network of safe, free and centrally located walking paths throughout the state. The paths can be found online at www.startwalkingnow.org.