Are you ready to get moving, improve your health and enjoy life more? Get WalkIN’ is a free e-mail based walking program being offered through Purdue Extension Montgomery County. Participants can sign-up, walk on their own and receive e-mailed support and information. Get WalkIN’ support will take place October 2nd through December 18th. It is designed to encourage individuals to learn more about the health benefits of walking and encourage individuals to get moving.
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 abilities to perform, can be performed alone or with others, and is adaptable (i.e., can be performed at any chosen intensity, and is inexpensive). Walking can serve many purposes. It can be a way to exercise, have fun, or get to school, work, or other nearby destinations. Many people benefit from having an exercise partner. For some this is their dog. Importantly, making walking easier can help communities by improving safety, social cohesion, and local economies and reducing air pollution.
Do you know that you need to get more active but lack the initiative to get started? Do you make excuses like “I do not have time, I don’t want to walk alone, or where would I walk?” Have you started to walk and lost interest or motivation? Get WalkIN’ is just for you! You will receive e-mails that provide encouragement, motivation, provide information about health and wellness, and more! In conjunction with the Bark Avenue Dog Park and the new trail extension opening, we want to invite you to walk more, by yourself or with your dog. Participants will be asked to complete two short online surveys. For more details or to register, contact or 765-364-6363. If you plan to walk with a dog, please let Monica know. Before you know it, you will be walking, feeling better, having more energy, and a new healthy habit!
Monica Nagele is the County Extension Director and educator of health and human science for the Montgomery County Purdue Extension.