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It’s a Beautiful Day for a Walk!

Today is National Walking Day

National Walking Day is the first Wednesday of April every year and is a way to celebrate the easiest way to be the healthiest you. Walking for 30-60 minutes each day can drastically improve your health and studies have shown that it can even help prevent ailments such as Type II Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease.

Less than 48% of adults in the US don’t get enough exercise and walking is a low-impact easy aerobic exercise that will get your heart rate up. All it takes is 15 minutes of walking to curb a craving for sweets, so put that candy bar down and take a walk around the block. Studies have shown that people who walked twenty minutes per day for five days a week reported taking 50% fewer sick days than those who exercised once per week or less.

Walking has always been a part of human history and is what we are physically best at. There have been fossilized footprints found indicating that over 1.5 million years ago humans were walking similar to how we walk today. In the 1700’s “Pedestrianism” entered society as a popular betting sport to see who could walk the longest, fastest and still keep the proper gait. In 1904, Racewalking was introduced as an Olympic sport following Pedestrianism’s popularity where a “fair heel and toe rule” was established. In 1965, Y. Hatano of Japan created the Pedometer based on the concept of 10,000 steps a day as one of the first modern walking trackers.