The benefits of walking are numerous.

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Broderick Rhyant, MD
Chief Medical Officer of Eskenazi Forest Manor Health Center

Walking is free and it is one of the most popular physical activities among adults. Regular walking can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It can strengthen your bones and muscles, and it might also put you in a more positive state of mind.

Walking is made more enjoyable by doing it in places you enjoy, such as along a path or in a park. Bring someone to chat with, or you might enjoy your time walking around even more by putting on your headphones and listening to a podcast or a particular genre of music that you like.

Always consider safety when planning when and where to walk. Bring a friend if possible and always make sure you have your cell phone and ID. If it’s dark outside, wear a reflective vest or brightly colored clothing and always try to be fully aware of your surroundings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation or exercise, or for activities like walking the dog.
For older adults, the CDC says regular physical activity, like walking, is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many of the health problems that seem to occur with aging. It also helps your muscles get stronger so you can continue doing your daily activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind that some physical activity is always better than none at all, and your health benefits will also increase the more physical activity you do.

Eskenazi Health would like to encourage everyone to be active and to walk. Eskenazi Health organizes its own wellness walks which provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about health topics while taking a friendly walk with our vendors and staff members. The public is invited to attend.

These leisurely walks are a great way to connect our healthcare staff to the communities they serve, and they’re open to all fitness levels. The walks last between 20 and 45 minutes and the distance covered depends on how far you want to go.

Eskenazi Health has held a series of wellness walks over the past month and will soon announce more opportunities to walk and talk with Eskenazi health providers and additional staff. For dates and details on the next Eskenazi Health Center Wellness.

For more information on available programs offered by Eskenazi Health, please visit: www.eskenazihealth.edu.

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