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American Heart Association celebrates National Walking Day

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Monday, April 1, 2024   

More than 26% of Nevada adults report doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular jobs in the past 30 days but with National Walking Day this Wednesday, the American Heart Association wants to get people moving.

Christopher Calloway, marketing and communications director in Nevada and Southern Arizona for the association, said adults should get about 30 minutes of activity per day, five days a week. He acknowledged while 150 minutes can sound daunting, short activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach the goal.

"A walk is certainly great for moderate-intensity aerobic exercise," Calloway emphasized. "Low impact on your body. It's good for your body. It is good for your spirit and it is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve health."

Calloway pointed out research shows walking rates are steadily declining in the U.S. Annual average walking trips declined by 36% rates between 2019 and 2022, according to StreetLight.

Calloway noted the association created National Walking Day more than a decade ago and encouraged Nevadans to find fun and easy ways to walk with friends, family or pets.

Studies show consistent walking can improve heart health and lower risk for cardiovascular disease. Calloway added movement can also help regulate one's metabolism, blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

"It'll really help reinvigorate you, it'll help you think better, it'll help you feel better and you'll be a more productive person," Calloway asserted. "National Walking Day, April 3rd, that is a great place to start if you're not doing much activity right now."

Calloway stressed as the weather warms up, remember to take water and stay hydrated. He added there are also alternatives to walking outside if it is too warm, like walking inside an air-conditioned mall.

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