Why Not Walk?

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Whether you need to shed some pounds, relieve stress or clear your mind – walk it off – your heart will thank you! Walking is a great form of physical activity. It doesn’t require any equipment, money or particular skill set to take to the pavement, trail or shopping mall. Find a buddy or group to provide motivation and conversation along the way. People of all ages can join in!


Reap the benefits

Exercise doesn’t have to be too intense to experience benefits. Light to moderate activity (like walking) for about 30 minutes a day can produce benefits in those who are less active. Routine physical activity can help reduce risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases and improve quality of life.1

Get motivated and stay the course

In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported walking as the most popular form of exercise in America, with about 6 in 10 people reporting walking for at least 10 minutes in the last week. However, slightly less than half of Americans get enough aerobic activity to improve their health.2 It’s time for us to GET MORE STEPS! A great motivator may just be counting each and every step we take. A review of studies involving pedometers, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed pedometer users increased their physical activity by 26.9%, lowered body mass index (BMI) and improved systolic blood pressure. Also interesting to note, setting a goal, for example, 10,000 steps a day, was a predictor of increased physical activity.2

Stay nourished and hydrated

In addition to physical activity, another key component of heart health is making healthful food choices. Campbell offers consumers more than 200 heart healthy products and numerous healthy recipes that can be part of a nutritious and delicious diet. Before, during, or after your next walk, hydrate with the savory taste of Campbell’s® Healthy Request® soups, Low Sodium V8® 100% Vegetable juice or V8 V-Fusion® beverages.

*Please check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.



References

1. Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center- The Health Benefits of Biking and Walking.http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/factsheet_health.cfm. Accessed December 6th, 2013.

2. CDC Vital Signs – More People Walk to Better Health.http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Walking/. Accessed December 6th, 2013.

3. Bravata, Dena, M. MD, MS. et al. “Using Pedometers to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Health” A Systematic Review JAMA. 2007;298(19):2296-2304. Accessed December 6th, 2013 < http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=209526>
 

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