How many steps did you walk today? It is recommended that everyone walk 10,000 steps each. Walking regularly offers a whole host of health benefits including:
• Decreased risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes
• Decreased blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Improved mental well being
• Decreased risk of osteoporosis
• Decreased body fat
If you’re looking for an individualized form of exercise, walking may be just what the “doctor ordered,” as you choose your pace, your distance, and whether you go it alone or enjoy walking with a friend, a co-worker, or a family member.
Best practice is to start slow, gradually increasing your time and pace over an extended period. As you become accustomed to walking more, your eventual goal should be to aim for 30 minutes a day and a total of 150 minutes a week, to experience the aforementioned array of health benefits; however, remember, don’t get discouraged as any amount of exercise is better than none!
If you find the heat, rain, or cold Maine winters deter your exercise regime, HealthSteps offers a class called Walk Jog that takes place on the Bates indoor track; so the weather will never be an issue again! You decide whether you want to start right off on your own or walk with the group. If the group is what you choose, a light warm up will take place followed by a walk. Once the time is up for walking, a small strengthening, cool down, and stretching session ends the class. In this 50 minute class, your 30 minutes of daily exercise is more than done!
Hear it from our very own dedicated walkers…
“At 88 years old participating in HealthSteps was the best investment in my health that I could have ever made.” -Normand Demers
“I have been jogging for over 30 years but would not do so outside in the winter months because of the weather. Treadmills were not an option. Fifteen years ago I was introduced to the HealthSteps program, which was a real Godsend since I can now use the Bates College 200m (1/8 mile) track. This track has a Mondo 8 surface, which is the same surface as used on modern day Olympic tracks and very easy on my aging joints.” –Richard Houle
In addition to Walk Jog classes, HealthSteps offers a wide range of other classes with the core membership fee.
For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com. Pre-registration for all programs is required. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more!