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Today is National Start Walking Day

April 2, 2013
Estherville Daily News

These days, adults are spending more time at work than ever before. An unfortunate side effect is that, as a nation, we're becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease.

On National Walking Day, employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your coworkers a friendly push toward a healthier life.

Feel silly about walking all by yourself? Well here's some ways to get others involved:

n Begin by inviting coworkers to wear their sneakers to work.

n Encourage employees to get in their 30 minutes of walking that day.

n Change one of your meetings to a walking meeting, and let your colleagues know why.

n Start shopping for some physical activity gear. That new pair of running shoes can be a real inspiration to get out and get walking.

n Host a walk and/or rally to show your commitment to living longer, healthier lives.

n Rally your family, friends and neighbors to walk that day - and every day.

Statistics show that one in two men, and one in three women are at risk for heart disease.

Physical exercise is the best way to improve your health right away.

So try walking today - and see how much better you feel.



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