Get Walkin’

Spring will soon be here and that means nicer weather with more time spent outdoors. Why not take this opportunity to start walking and moving more? Walking is a popular form of physical activity—and good for your health! Only half of all American adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity is directly related to the occurrence of adult obesity and overweight. Regular physical activity can lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and falls in older adults. Walking is an excellent way for most people to increase their physical activity. It is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. Walking is accessible to almost anyone, doesn’t require specific skills or fancy workout clothes and equipment.

Need some motivation to get started but don’t have time to attend a class? Get WalkIN’ is an    e-mail-based walking program being offered through Purdue Extension in Putnam County. Participants can sign-up, walk on their own and receive e-mailed support and information.  Participants will be asked to complete two short online surveys.  Participants will have the option to join a group walk on Tuesday mornings through June at Big Walnut Sports Park. Any resident of the county who is aged 18 years and older may enroll. If you are interested in participating or want more information contact Abbi Sampson at sampsona@purdue.edu or 765-653-8411. Register by May 18th!

 

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