Lace Up And Get Moving; Today Is National Walking Day

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Des Moines, Iowa – Iowans are living much less physical lives now than they did a few decades ago and people are being encouraged to get outdoors for a brisk walk today as part of National Walking Day. Kassi Wessing, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association of Iowa, says to start with just a half hour of hoofing it.

It’s recommended adults take part in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week.

She says everyone who walks can “donate” their minutes walked to the American Heart Association by posting their minutes on social media.

Studies suggest moderate physical activity has many proven benefits for overall health, like lowering blood pressure, increasing H-D-L or “good” cholesterol and controlling weight. All these changes help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, Iowa’s number-1 and number-5 killers.

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