It’s April, it’s still wet outside, and maybe your New Year’s Resolutions are needing a boost. We’ve got just the thing help keep you motivated and on track. National Walking Day is a nationwide call-to-action for all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association wants you to join your friends, family, school or other community group to in taking the first step to becoming more active and pledge to take a walk toward better health on Wednesday, April 2.
These days, more of us spend more time sitting at work than ever before (standing work station anyone?!), and as a nation we’ve become much less active. Statistics show that 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women are at greater risk for heart disease and research shows that an inactive lifestyle is a major contributer. But take heart, walking is one of the easiest, most effective activities you can do to improve your health. Even a small amount can make a difference.
Since we’re all about transportation and fostering a livable city, we encourage you to find ways to replace just a few driving trips per week with a walking trip. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of walking a day – and it doesn’t all have to be at once. By walking to your neighborhood grocery store, coffee shop, school, park, bus stop or even a friends house, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, a healthier community and a healthier you!
If you’d like some inspiration for your next walk, check out PBOT’s series of Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. You’ll find public art, local parks, heritage trees and other attractions listed – plus every school and library in your area, grocery stores, water fountains, and even all the bus stops (in case the rain returns). And starting in May, hop aboard the Ten Toe Express, guided walks that show off great Portland neighborhoods at a comfortable pace.