There is no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.
According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can:
· Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
· Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
· Enhance mental well-being
· Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Prior to COVID-19, Walk With a Doc was open to the community. Walkers would enjoy a medical discussion followed by a rejuvenating walk with Dr. Mona Dave and her mother, Dr. Kiran Harpavat. Until it is completely safe to walk in large groups again, Walk With a Doc has gone virtual!
Every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM central time, a video is posted where Walk With a Doc Leaders from around the world share important health topics and then go on a walk.
Dr. Amanda Mohammed has some great information to share about flu vaccine facts and myths in this Virtual Walk with a Doc event. After watching, head out for a walk and plan a day to get vaccinated this week!
Here are a few reminders:
· Practice Physical Distancing – Either walk on your own or bring along a friend or loved one, but make sure you’re staying at least 6 feet apart from one another.
· Get Out In Nature – If possible, get outside for your walk! Walk around your neighborhood or head to a local park. Nature is good for you and your immune system.
· Be Social – During your walk, feel free to call or FaceTime a friend or a family member. Prefer some alone time? Consider listening to music or a podcast while you walk.