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The Benefits of Walking are Plentiful

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Broderick Rhyant, M.D.
Chief Physician Executive at Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor

Walking is free to do and it’s one of the most popular physical activities for adults. Regular walking may lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It can strengthen your bones and muscles, and it might also put you in a more positive frame of mind.

Walking is made more pleasurable by doing it at places you enjoy, like along a trail or park. Bring along someone to chat with, or you might enjoy your time strolling even more by putting on your ear buds and listening to a podcast or particular genre of music you enjoy.

Always consider safety as you plan when and where to walk. Take a friend along when possible and always make sure to have your cell phone and ID. If it’s dark outside, wear a reflective vest or brightly colored clothing, and always try to be acutely aware of your surroundings.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog.
For older adults, the CDC states regular physical activity such as walking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many of the health problems that seem to come with aging. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your daily activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is always better than none at all, and your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity you do.

Eskenazi Health would like to encourage everyone to get active and take a walk. Eskenazi Health hosts our own Wellness Walks that provide individuals the opportunity to learn about health topics while going for a friendly stroll with our providers and staff members. The public is invited to attend.

These leisurely walks are a great way to connect our health care personnel with the communities they serve, and they’re open to all fitness levels. The walks last between 20-45 minutes, and the distance covered depends on how far you’d like to go.

Eskenazi Health has had a series of Wellness Walks over the past month and will soon announce additional opportunities to walk and talk with Eskenazi Health providers and additional personnel. For dates and details about upcoming Eskenazi Health Center Wellness.

For more information about available programs offered at Eskenazi Health, please visit: www.eskenazihealth.edu.

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