Get Walking; Get Moving!

Walking. It’s something most of us take for granted, yet the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can reduce our risk for many serious health conditions.

You already know it burns calories. But here are just some other ways walking more has been shown to work wonders:

  • Cuts risk of many cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
  • Improves life expectancy
  • Lowers the risk of age-related memory loss and decline
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Improves bone density
  • Improves mood
  • Eases insomnia

So, UHN-ers, join our Walking Club: FREE!  Every Tuesday & Thursday – Meet at TGH, 585 University Ave entrance (By Information Desk) – walkers leave promptly at 12:15pm for ~30-45 minute walk.

Work at another UHN site and want to participate? Start a walking club. We’ll support you in getting going! Contact: ashley.wood@uhn.ca

No time to walk? New research shows that activity really matters – even little bits of activity. Most Canadian adults spend 50-70% of their day sitting and another 30% sleeping. Inactivity kills more people each year than smoking. So MOVE! If you can’t be moderately active and participate in that 30-60 minutes of brisk walking, consider “light ambulation”. That means stand up from your desk every half hour (you’ll also be more productive); get up and walk during those TV commercials in the evening. There are lots of small changes you can make.

Ideas to get started:

1. Schedule a lunch-time walk into your calendar as you would do a meeting…

2. Organize a walking meeting. Why not walk around Queens Park if having a small meeting? Try the tunnels underneath our city if the weather is bad…

3. Can’t fit in the walk? Schedule a fun break. A 5 minute stretch break anyone?

 

Information sources:

1. Get Up and Get Moving- Globe and Mail Tue Oct. 16.

2. American Inst. for Cancer Research, October 2012 | Issue 7

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About alirunner

Officially: Wellness Manager at UHN; background - Physiotherapy (what a portable profession that turned out to be!). Outside of work I'm a student (part-time U of T), mom of 2 teenagers (super, super scary) and wanna-be marathon runner with a first marathon goal date of October 16, 2011. Likes: FOOD, food and food (the real reason that I run), getting outdoors, seeing new places, G n T's and newly discovered carb-loaded gel packs that enable one to keep on running...What else? Arrived from UK 20 years ago to work in Canada for a year and still not visited Italy.

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