Get Moving for Every Body Walk Week

| 9/21/2011 1:06:13 PM

J.PattonThe beginning of this week kicked off Every Body Walk Week, a whole week dedicated to get America walking.

The educational campaign, organized by Every Body Walk!, encourages Americans to walk for 30 minutes a day, five times a week. There are many reasons to jump on this walking bandwagon.

You may be surprised that walking is actually a workout. The average 150-pound man burns 100 calories per walked mile. In fact, did you know that you burn almost the same amount of calories whether you jog or walk a mile? Also, since jogging creates more impact on your hips, knees and other joints, walking lessens your risk of injury while still providing similar benefits.

There are many other ways that walking can benefit you in the long run. It turns out that walking can reduce, treat, and even prevent diabetes, heart disease and depression. It can even help prevent some types of cancers, and it may improve breast cancer survival rates as well.

Walking is also helpful for asthma sufferers. Because it strengthens your heart and lungs, it can significantly reduce asthma symptoms.

There are three types of walking you can do for fitness. Those interested in someday competing in the Olympics should practice racewalking, which is actually an Olympic sport with strict rules and regulations.