It’s Time to Walk it Off

by Erika Solloway on April 6, 2016

Remember that old saying, “Walk it off?” Well, now you can literally “walk it off” every Tuesday afternoon for Wellness Walks the Great Hill Trails. Meet us at the former clock tower every Tuesday at 4:30pm through October 27th (weather permitting), and you can “walk off” anything you choose!

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You can “walk off” high blood pressure and bad cholesterol for a healthier heart!

  • According to the American Heart Association, moderate physical activity helps control your blood pressure while strengthening your heart at the same time! Who doesn’t want a healthy, strong heart? To break it down, we have both good and bad cholesterol to keep an eye on. When we are engaging in physical activities, our high-density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol) is boosted and our unhealthy triglycerides (the bad cholesterol) are lowered. This helps keep our blood flowing smoothly throughout our bodies, decreasing our risk of cardiovascular (heart) diseases.
  • All it takes for most healthy people is to get the equivalent of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity. A brisk walk through our beautiful Bridgewater trails happens to be IDEAL!

You can “walk off” a bad mood and feelings of stress or anxiety while re-energizing!

  • Remember when your parents/coach/older sibling told you to just “walk it off” after you had a bad day or game? It turns out they were onto something! Instead of dwelling on those feelings of stress or anxiety, getting out there and engaging in some physical exercise can actually help you change your mood!
  • Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can make you feel happier and more relaxed. An increase in those brain chemicals can even lead to a boost in confidence and self-esteem!
  • Regular physical activity has been shown to improve muscle strength and endurance, which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues more efficiently. When your body is working more efficiently, your heart and lungs will thank you with feelings of increased energy to knock out that daunting to-do list! Who knows, maybe you won’t even need that morning coffee!

You can “walk off” some extra weight while making new friends!

  • I don’t think it gets much better than this; sticking to a fitness plan while making new friends at the same time is the perfect combo! Thinking about exercise as a social experience is a great way to enjoy squeezing some physical activity into your busy schedule. Chatting up a new pal while enjoying the fresh air and scenic views of a nature trail may be just the cure for a stressful week!
  • When you engage in physical activity you’re burning calories. All it takes is a few minutes a day of being physically active, and you can start to see and feel the difference that a healthier lifestyle brings!

 

Sources of information:

https://services.bridgew.edu/bscannounce/uploads/Wellness%20Walks%20Flyer%20Fall%202015.pdf

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Physical-Activity-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301882_Article.jsp

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

 

 

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