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Make Time for Walking

It’s a great season to be outdoors, go out for a walk, enjoy Florida’s expansive blue skies and natural wonder, all while getting some regular exercise.

According to the American Heart Association, 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week is recommended, and walking is an easy way to get going.

Get ready to get going, stay going

Although 150 minutes is the weekly goal, walks can be short. You could take a brisk ten minute walk, fifteen times a week. The key is to keep it flexible to your schedule, so you can make physical activity a part of your routine.

  • Invest in athletic shoes to provide support, comfort and avoid injury
  • Make it fun, incorporate music or catch up with a friend on your phone
  • Grab a buddy to keep you on track with walking regularly
  • Drink water to stay hydrated

Walking, gateway to better health

The American Heart Association also recommends incorporating regular walks into your daily life due to the many heart health benefits, including:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve good cholesterol levels
  • Promote good circulation
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent osteoporosis, by strengthening your bones

Discover more of Tampa Bay, while walking

This fall, plan a walk in the Tampa Bay region and enjoy a local park, nature trail, scenic boardwalk or beach to keep your body moving. Check out these websites to plan your next walk.

Making walking a habit may take some time. Setting times for walking can aid in making it part of your schedule. There will always be conflicts that come up, but try to work in being more active those days. Remember to keep it fun. See it as a break in your day, giving you a boost of energy and giving you an opportunity to embrace a more positive outlook.

If you have concerns about your cardiovascular health, contact USF Health’s Cardiology department at (813) 259-0600.

Written By: Kathleen Rogers

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