Did you know that walking for just 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes? It can also improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and overall mental well-being.
So lace up your sneakers and head over to our tent at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market. Our wellness team will be there to talk about the health benefits of walking and how you can you set goals to begin your own walking routine.
Walk Your Way to a Healthier Life
If going to the gym is becoming too expensive and running feels like a task you may or may not get to, walking is an active alternative that will easily fit into your budget and routine.
In addition to being a heart-healthy form of exercise, brisk walks may be better for your bone and joint longevity than running and can even have the same weight-loss effects. To get the most out of your walk, make sure these essential tips are a part of your daily routine:
- Gear Up - Shoes with the proper arch support are designed to cushion your feet and absorb shock, making your walk a whole lot more comfortable. Consider attaching snow and ice grips to the bottom of your shoes during the winter months to prevent slipping and sliding.
- Warm Up - Begin each walk with a 5 minute slow stroll followed by stretching to warm up your muscles. Once your walk is completed, repeat the process to cool down.
- Keep It Up - Daily exercise is important to your health. Finding creative ways to incorporate walking into your routine is key. Try walking along one of Des Moines' many beautiful bike trails or downloading a mobile app, such as MapMyWalk, to mix things up.
Go the Extra Mile with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
As you are busy exploring all that The Market has to offer, don't forget to stop by our tent at 3rd & Court to collect a free shoe pocket to hold your keys and money as well as health tips for all "walks" of life!
We'll See You at The Market!