The benefits of a simple daily walk are endless. A 30-minute jaunt can lead to improved blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol. It also can reduce the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.
It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any exercise. It’s an easy, low-risk, low-cost way to stay active.
With cooler temperatures settling in, now is the perfect time to start a new healthy habit of walking.
According to the American Heart Association, walkers should consider layering loose clothing and wearing shoes designed for walking or running. Walkers should lightly stretch before and after walking.
Each walk should start slowly, then increase in speed and include a cool down. Beginning walkers should start with a comfortable distance and gradually work on increasing the distance or time each week.
Join the weekly OSU Extension Walk With Ease and Yoga program beginning October 15 to mid-December. The walking and yoga program is free and open to the public: you just need to call and register your spot to participate. Each Monday morning join us at 7:30 am for walking in the Mineral Wells Park for 30 minutes and then cool down with yoga stretching at the Logan County Fairground Educational Building beginning at 8:00 am. Yoga stretching is a 50 minute program. You can provide your own yoga mats or one will be provided for you.
For more information about the benefits of a walking program and walking safety, contact the Logan County OSU Extension office. For more details on our walking and yoga program, call Cynthia at 405-282-3331.