The first Wednesday in April every year is #NationalWalkingDay!
What are the benefits of walking for just 30 minutes a day?
Helps your heart - decreases risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Improves your mood. Studies show that activity can improve mental health - reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood.
Increases your energy - going for a walk in the afternoon can be more effective than a cup of coffee at boosting your energy.
Burn Calories - depending on how far, how fast, your weight, and where you are walking will affect how many calories you will actually burn.
Increases Bone Mass - therefore decreasing risk of osteoporosis.
Helps protect joints by helping to lubricate the joints and strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints.
Can help improve your immune function .
Park at the back of the parking lot so you have to walk further to your location.
Consider walking for short distance trips instead of driving.
Find a walking partner or someone to have a step competition with .
Go on a walk during part of your lunch break.
You want to stay safe while you are walking as well! So stay in well lit areas, be aware of your surroundings, and don't walk alone at night.
Author: Kimberly Catlin APRN, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner with QuickVisit Now. After serving in the US Marine Corps, she went to UT Tyler for her undergraduate degree, while going through the program she worked as an LVN. Upon completion of her BSN in 2006 she worked in the Emergency Room and ICU as a registered nurse. In 2011 she graduated with her Masters in Nursing and obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. She spent the next 10 years working family practice, internal medicine, pulmonary, sleep and critical care. In April of 2020, she started with QuickVisit Urgent Care in Henderson, Texas. She moved full-time to QuickVisit Now as a virtual medicine provider in November 2020. She was promoted to management and QuickVisit Now Coordinator in October 2021. With her years of experience, she enjoys providing evidenced based practice to all ages.