Recently, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more. He also advocates communities to create more walkable areas which are safe. Health Briefs TV supports this announcement and urges readers to go take a walk.
Walking is an easy, free way to add movement to daily living. It loosens stiff muscles and joints, gets blood flowing more smoothly from the heart to other parts of the body, provides energy and stimulates the mind. Every age group from toddlers to seniors benefits from walking.
A major study released this year points out that lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reminds Americans that 30 minutes a day of walking is beneficial to overall food health. Kids are encouraged to get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, seven days per week. Numerous studies have shown that moderate physical exercise boosts health, reduces chances of developing diabetes, dementia, depression, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and other life threatening medical problems.
The Health Briefs television show urges readers to get up, go outside and take a walk. Walk on work breaks, walk after dinner and walk on the weekends. Use a music player and listen to tunes that are invigorating and stimulating. Or listen to the sounds of the community. Borrow a friend’s dog and take him or her for a friendly walk. Walking is free, fun and easy. No more excuses.