Walk toward a healthier you, year-round

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - When you do not have time to get to the gym, consider going for a walk.

It is one of the most basic forms of exercise and most of us can do it.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts recommends walking at least 30 minutes a day to enjoy the health benefits of walking.

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“It’s really important for individuals to have a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week and walking in your neighborhood is a good way to explore, see your neighbors and spend time with people that you care about,” Dr. Roberts said.

A regular brisk walk can help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and muscles and improve your mood but the benefits do not stop there.

“It’s really important to be physically active. It helps reduce diabetes, it helps reduce high rates of hypertension, and hyper-cholesterol, as well as our obesity rates in our community,” said Dr. Roberts.

There are countless ways to get that physical activity, but walking has the lowest drop out rate of them all.

Add a friend, and the odds of you keeping that daily commitment get even better.

Do not forget, you can keep that routine going well into the winter months too.

“We encourage walking year-round. You know, bundle up in the winter,” she said.

You can take advantage of winter hikes at the city’s Metro Parks, join a walking group or even visit places like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to get in a long walk during the winter months.

Walking - just 30 minutes a day - is a simple, positive change you can make that will improve your health, trim your waistline, and just make you feel better. So commit to be fit and walk toward a healthier you all year long!