We can all benefit from walking, whether we’re super-fit athletes or couch potatoes. Walking is the ultimate in improving your mind and body at the same time. In fact, we’re betting you won’t even find your daily walk to be challenging at all.

Walking Facts

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) less than half of Americans are exercising enough. The CDC stats show only 48% of American’s meet the standards of its Physical Activity Guidelines, which recommends adults participate in moderate level physical activity at least 150 minutes a week.  

Divide the recommended minutes into seven days and you would only need to exercise a little over 21 minutes a day to meet the CDC’s minimum recommendations. –  Yes, a brisk walk would count!

How Many Hours A Day Do You Sit?

If you are not walking you are most likely sitting; sitting in your car, at a desk, or on the sofa. This is a big problem that comes with health consequences.

Prolonged sitting is associated with the following

  • Obesity

  •  Type 2 Diabetes

  • Coronary Heart Disease

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Premature death

  • Why Should You Walk for Exercise?

When it comes to exercise there isn’t a more accessible and easy movement – plus, it’s free! Walking requires special awareness, balance, core stability and synchronized movement between the upper and lower body.

Walking for at least 30 minutes a day has been shown to reduce the risk of the following

  • Coronary Heart Disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Breast and Colon Cancer

  • Obesity

  • Type 2 Diabetes

The First 21 Walking Challenge sets a goal of walking 30 minutes per day. For those of you who have a step counter; log your step count to help measure your progress. There are journal pages located in the Eat, Move, Think Workbook.