Why you should Start! Walking now with Laila Ali



 Ever heard of Laila Ali? She is the daughter of boxer champ and legend Muhammad Ali. She is also former boxing champ herself and a mom of a toddler and stepmom to three older children. 33-year old Ali is currently the spokesperson of the National Start! Walking Day which started last Wednesday, April 7.

What is Start! Walking Day?

It is an initiative of the American Heart Association (AHA) to encourage Americans to get moving. There a lot of reasons why such a campaign  is necessary. A November 2009 AHA survey revealed the following:

  • Almost 67% of Americans are overweight or obese.
  • About 58% of Americans surveyed by AHA would like to make some changes towards a healthier lifestyle, including more exercise and better diet management.
  • However, 54% of Americans find all sorts of excuses not to exercise.
  • “Lack of time” is most common excuse, cited by 39% of those surveyed.

The Start! Walking Day aims to bring down the barriers to a healthier lifestyle and address the excuses put forward. It gives some simple and easily done tips on how get moving. It also xxx the help of celebrities such as Laila Ali to spread the word. Some of these simple tips are:

  • Walk 30 minutes at your workplace.
  • Walk up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  • Leave the car home. Walk or cycle instead.
  • When taking the bus or train, get off one or two stops early and walk the rest.

What are the benefits of walking?

Excess weight which is caused by wrong diet and sedentary lifestyle increases the risk for cardiovascular disorders and type 2 diabetes.

  • Exercise can reduce your risk for heart disease by 30%
  • 1 hour of walking gain 2hours of life expectancy
  • 30 minutes of walking everyday  is recommended. Less is not optimal but  can still bring health benefits.

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  1. Walking is something we humans were designed to do a lot more of. So making time to get it done for our overall health just makes sense.

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