The best exercise is the one that you will do. Walking is considered one of the top choices because it’s simple, safe, and requires no equipment except for a good, supportive pair of sneakers.
Brisk walking is great for burning calories and for overall cardiovascular health. Plus, walking regularly can:
- Decrease your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes
- Decrease your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Improve your mental well-being
- Decrease your risk of osteoporosis
- Decrease your body fat
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; however, even if you’re only able to walk a short while, don’t get discouraged, as any amount of exercise is better than none!
Pictured Bob Poirier and Marc McPheters jogging next to Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor as they all participate in HealthSteps’ Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.
If you find the dark, cold weather deters your exercise regimen, HealthSteps offers a class called Walk Jog that takes place on Bates’ indoor track. 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 God send 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 us on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com. Preregistration 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!