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Stepping Towards Better Health

By Bonita Booker

Gannon University Student Contributor

A recent study unveiled by Harvard Health astonishingly showed "walking for just 35 minutes a day saved a 160-pound person about 18 pounds of flab over 15 years of aging"; a shocking statistic that may come true for you. Dedicating as little as 10 minutes, three times a day, totals a 30 minute workout necessary for overall health, while benefiting the environment in the process. You can simply walk to work instead of driving or walk during lunch and after work.

Walking and running are pollution free solutions that reduce our carbon footprint. As a result, the environment can benefit from cleaner air, since there are fewer gas emissions being released. Walking and running helps to preserve the natural resources being consumed, prolonging their use for our future. Walking can be compatible with everyone's schedule because it can be done at any time during the day, without additional equipment. It's as simple as one, two, three; stroll on out and get to stepping.

Why choose walking?

It reduces health risks such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. 

It is flexible for all ages and body types. 

You can work at own pace and build your way up to a faster pace.

It's free.

Photo courtesy of Karen Coughlin

A recent study unveiled by Harvard Health astonishingly showed "walking for just 35 minutes a day saved a 160-pound person about 18 pounds of flab over 15 years of aging"; a shocking statistic that may come true for you. Dedicating as little as 10 minutes, three times a day, totals a 30 minute workout necessary for overall health, while benefiting the environment in the process. You can simply walk to work instead of driving or walk during lunch and after work.

Walking and running are pollution free solutions that reduce our carbon footprint. As a result, the environment can benefit from cleaner air, since there are fewer gas emissions being released. Walking and running helps to preserve the natural resources being consumed, prolonging their use for our future. Walking can be compatible with everyone's schedule because it can be done at any time during the day, without additional equipment. It's as simple as one, two, three; stroll on out and get to stepping.

Why choose walking?

It reduces health risks such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. 

It is flexible for all ages and body types. 

You can work at own pace and build your way up to a faster pace.

It's free.

Photo courtesy of Karen Coughlin

Additional Resources:

Let's Move Outside: This local website offers current information on local opportunities to get outside. Lace up, run, walk, geocache, swim, or rock & roll.

Erie Pa Trails:This site offers additional options for those who choose to walk, or run. Trails from and around Erie, Pa and Erie County are outlined. This site also provides descriptions, trail maps, trail difficulty levels and trail specific pictures.

AARP: Tired of walking alone? This website provides helpful tips on starting your very own walking group.

LiveStrong: The LiveStrong website offers additional data showing the benefits of walking are offered in full detail outlining issues such as: osteoporosis, heart health, obesity, high blood pressure, etc.

Downtown Erie Walking Routes:This website gives information on walking throughout downtown Erie that start and end at various locations; great for those who are located in downtown Erie or for those working during the day.

Erie Walks: Join your organization, or perhaps register your company to participate in an eight week exercised filled adventure. Erie Walks is specifically designed as a walking competition, combining education on healthy living with active walking and support groups.

Erie Runner's Club: Lists various local runs, brings in guest speakers, provides an opportunity to talk with other runners.