National Walking Day may sound a little silly at first, but consider this: a simple act such as increasing the amount of steps we take every day can have a significant impact on cardiovascular health and heart disease prevention, which is why the American Heart Association (AHA) designated April 2nd as a day to encourage people of all ages to get out there and get moving. According to the AHA website, walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. Here are 5 simple ways to add more steps to your daily routine:
- Take a lunch break stroll. Consider spending a little bit of your lunch break on your feet. Not only will a midday walk help your heart, but it can help relieve stress so you’re refreshed and energized to finish out your day.
- Running errands? Park a little farther away. Whether you’re headed out for groceries, an appointment with your doctor, or simply meeting a friend for coffee, park farther away than you normally would. Those extra steps can add up to a healthier heart!
- Opt for a brisk walk with Fido. Instead of just opening up the back door and letting him in the yard, why not take the dog for a quick ten-minute walk before you leave for the day, or as soon as you get home?
- Find a walking buddy. Everything’s better with a buddy, and now that spring is here the warmer weather and lingering daylight hours allow us to stay outdoors a little longer each day—so grab your friend or mate and get walking!
- Multitask. Get the most out of your walks by incorporating other activities, such as listening to an audiobook or catching up with a friend or family member on the phone.