DENVER -- Wednesday is National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The idea is to raise awareness of the amazing benefits of walking.
Unlike running skiing and other high intensity sports, walking is something just about anyone can do.
Medical experts say walking just 20 minutes a day can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes by as much as 60 percent.
A great calorie burner
Moving about 3 miles per hour for 30 minutes can burn about a hundred calories and boost your metabolism so it continues to burn, even when you’re back home relaxing.
Walking also tightens your rear end and thighs. Push Fitness owner Martin Lavine says pushing your limit in intervals will get you in shape faster and adds, “Studies show each hour of fast paced walking can add two hours to your life expectancy."
To get started, all you need are a pair of supportive shoes and some comfortable clothing.
Lavine says it’s important to do a little stretching before you begin and adds “Find a zone that makes it a little bit harder for you to manage with each workout and you'll find that you'll burn up a few more calories.”
Practice safety first
It's a good idea to take your cell phone along in case of emergencies, but stop walking if you need to read a text because it’s super easy to walk right into poles or even other walkers.
Walk in populated areas and avoid walking alone at night. Always let someone know which route you are taking.