• Cheryl Wright

#MoveMore Challenge for WALKtober

Walking Month, or WALKtober as we call it here in Columbus, is a great time to make improvements to your health and fitness regime. The World Health Organization reports that, "worldwide, one in five adults [...] do not do enough physical activity". Activity rates are even lower in developed countries like the U.S. - more like one in four for men and one in three for women. They add that "regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer" (WHO).

Walking more is an easy way to increase your activity level. According to 10000stepsUSA.com "not only does walking reduce your risk of illness and injury, it increases your fitness, health and wellbeing, achieves results you can see, and has the lowest dropout rate of any form of exercise". So let's put our walking shoes on this month and #movemore!

We're challenging you to #movemore this October. If you're not very active, then just challenge yourself to take a walk around the block a few times a week. If you're already fairly active, try to get up to 10,000 steps per day. 10,000 steps may sound like a lot, but with some small changes to your daily routine, you may find that the steps quickly add up. Here are some easy ideas to help you get started:

- Park your car further away

- Walk to your colleague's desk rather than messaging or calling them

- Go for a walk at lunch time

- Choose the stairs instead of the elevator

- Use a restroom or water cooler that is further away

- Get up from your desk and take (at least) a few steps every hour

If you're not a fan of walking, or find walking difficult, then finding another way to be more active may be more suitable for you. Swimming, yoga, gardening, lifting weights, dancing and biking are some other ideas. Try to do 30 minutes of healthy activity at least five days a week. If you already walk 10000 steps or do 30 minutes of activity, walking a bit more or incorporating one of these activities into your routine may help you feel even more healthy.

How will you #movemore this #WALKtober ? Share your pictures of yourself doing the #movemore challenge on our Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter!

#walktober #walkingmonth #Columbusregionalhealth #HealthyCommunities #take10000steps #fitness

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