Walking


Walking

walking-cabrilloWalking lets you slow down, relieve stress and interact with people, all while improving your fitness and reducing your risk of many diseases. Walking is a free and healthy way to get where you want to go. Think of a walk to your bus, carpool stop, or campus as an exercise opportunity. Studies indicate a daily walk can help:

  • Lower stress levels
  • Provide an overall sense of well-being
  • Lengthen lifespan
  • Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
  • Prevent depression

Walking Tips:

Most of the trips that Americans make every day are short enough to be accomplished on foot. In fact, 25% of automobile trips are less than one mile and 40% are less than two miles.  But how do you make physical activity a habit that will stick? A start is to set reasonable goals, build gradually, and make your activities fun. The following are some easy ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine:

  • Walk one trip a day that you’d normally drive.
  • Put your headphones on and listen to music while you walk.
  • Add more steps into your day by taking the stairs.
  • Get a walking buddy for your walk to school.
  • Keep a daily activity log. Estimate the mileage you walked or the minutes you spent doing something active.
  • Buy a pedometer and consider wearing it all day long.
  • Form a walking group with a regular schedule. Socialize while you exercise. Also, you’re less likely to cancel when others are counting on you.
  • Take a walk during your lunch break

Local and National Walking Resources:

Local resources:
www.missionped.org
www.sctrafficsafety.org

National resources:
www.americawalks.org
www.walkinginfo.org

Program Contact

Piet Canin

Program Director, Transportation Group

Phone: 831-426-5925 x127

Fax: 831-423-1368

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