Every person has a role to play to help make our communities more walkable! Individuals and families can participate by walking with friends, family, and work colleagues.
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Walking Benefits and Health Tips
- CDC’s Physical Activity Builds a Healthy and Strong America handout emphasizes the many health, safety, and community benefits increased physical activity can offer. Healthy Strong American
- Walking and exercising is good for any age! Find out more tips on how to find your fitness level, set work out goals, track progress, and much more with resources from National Institute on Aging at NIH https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/. Get Ready. Get Set. Go!
- How to find your Fitness Level: https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/sites/default/files/GettingStartedWhatsYourFitnessLevel.pdf
- Needing more strength and balance to walk more? Check out this article from AARP to learn 7 Moves for Better Balance and Strength.
Walking Tips and Ideas:
- CDC’s The Mall Walking Guide provides information about the health benefits of walking and how it can be done indoors. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/downloads/mallwalking-guide.pdf
- Learn how to choose the right sneakers! The American Heart Association has information to help you Get the Right Sneakers for Your Workout. Check out this handout for tips from exercise experts to choose workout shoes that work for your feet. https://healthyforgood.heart.org/move-more/infographics/get-the-right-sneakers-for-your-workout-infographic
Walking Clubs & Groups
Walking or Clubs Are a great way to walk and make friends at the same time!
- Why walk alone? Interested in starting your own a walking club? The American Heart Association has several resources to help get you started. Check out these 4 simple steps to start your new walking club. http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_463349.pdf
- Don’t forget these helpful AHA walking 101 tips to share with your club! https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_463348.pdf
Walking Plan Examples
- View this walking plan by the American Diabetes Association that can provide support for diabetics or anyone interested in walking more. http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/walking-plan.pdf
- Here’s another example of any easy walking plan by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/healthdisp/pdf/tipsheets/Sample-Walking-Program.pdf
- The American College of Sports Medicine’s Starting a Walking Program https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/starting-a-walking-program.pdf handout provides information on how to start walking more, the benefits of walking, and what you need to get started.
- Interested in developing a safe and effective waking program? View this helpful guide by the American Council on Exercise about developing community and individual walking programs. https://www.acefitness.org/advocacy/pdf/Walking_Toolkit_Community.pdf