We like to feature not just stories about baby boomers’ lives and lifestyles on BoomerCafé, but stories about our health, so our generation can stay young until it doesn’t matter. That’s why we like this piece called Walking: A Step In The Right Direction Toward Better Health.
Here’s a healthy idea: Let your feet help your heart and improve your well-being.
Doctors say walking five days a week for 30 minutes at a time might lower your chances of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Walking might also make your bones and muscles stronger, burn calories, and lift your mood.
To start a walking program— or just to walk more— try some tips from the brochure “Walking…A Step in the Right Direction” from the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health:
Focus On Fun
- Walk in places you enjoy, such as a park or shopping center. Make sure that it is safe to do so.
- Bring along a friend or family member to chat with, or listen to some of your favorite music as you walk. Keep the volume low so that you can hear noises around you.
- Walk with others, when possible, and take a phone and ID with you.
Celebrate Your Progress
- Keep track of your efforts with a journal or log. Record date, time, and distance.
- Set goals and reward yourself with something like 30 minutes of quiet time to yourself.
You can get more healthful tips as well as a sample walking program and stretches for walkers, from WIN’s free brochure, “Walking…A Step in the Right Direction.” It’s a publication of WIN’s Sisters Together program, which is designed to encourage African-American women ages 18 and older to get to and stay at a healthy weight by being more physically active and consuming healthier foods and beverages.