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Title
Walking to Wellness - One Step at a Time
Date
08/05/2014
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It’s tough to lose weight – and just as difficult to keep it off. The statistics tell us that nine out of 10 people regain lost weight. But that means 10 percent successfully keep it off! How do they do it?

Researchers who’ve been digging for the answer to that very question say weight-loss winners share one compelling fitness habit: they walk. “Walking is one of the very best forms of physical activity,” says Mark Robinson, MD, from Cabarrus Family Medicine-Concord, part of Carolinas HealthCare System. “It’s free. It requires only a comfortable pair of sneakers. And you can start at your own pace and build up distance and speed over time.”

Step to It

The common recommendation you’ll see on line and in fitness magazines is 10,000 steps a day. The American Heart Association supports that recommendation, using the 10,000 steps metric as a guideline for improving health and decreasing risk of heart disease (which is the number one killer of men and women in America).

The 10,000-step plan also matches up with the Surgeon General’s recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. But, no one expects you to count those steps in your head! There are many small devices, called pedometers, available at a wide range of costs – from a few dollars to a couple hundred dollars – available online and at any store that sells athletic gear. A basic counting pedometer is enough to get you moving in the right direction.

The benefits of walking are many: lower body mass index (BMI), reduced waist size, increased energy, and less risk for Type II diabetes and heart disease.

Make Your Journey a Good One

The primary care doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System can help you get (and stay) on the path to wellness.

Call 844-881-2180 or complete an online request form to find a doctor near you.

How Far You’ve Come

So, what’s the mileage equivalent of 10,000 steps? Five miles! It may be easier to log those steps than you think. Keep these strategies in mind to reach your goal:

  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Park farther from the door of the grocery store or mall.
  • Enlist your family to make after-dinner walks a new tradition.
  • Get a dog!
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