National Walking Day

Yes, there is a day for that! The American Heart Association has declared the first Wednesday of April National Walking Day, so get out and take a walk. The weather in Decatur is beautiful and you might as well get outside and enjoy it. Put on your walking shoes and take a walk around the block or around your neighborhood. Reading this too late in the day? Then plan on taking a walk for 30 minutes tomorrow. And then the next day, and the next…..

Check out the Start Walking Now website here for lots of tips, walking paths and activity log. if you would like some Decatur routes, click here for information on walking in Decatur and to download the city’s walking map.

What are you waiting for? Add some walking to your days. Walk to lunch, your next meeting, or even just take a couple of short office breaks and walk around the block. Your mind and body will be refreshed and you may even be more productive.

“Spring” Into Action!

From the Amercian Heart Association:

Bring on the warm weather, sunny days and green grass – spring is here! That means it’s the perfect time to break out of your winter hibernation and enjoy outdoor physical activity. Check out these tips for getting active this spring:

  • Start! Walking: Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, evenings are a great time to take a walk after dinner or work. Grab your dog and the kids and enjoy the new season.
  • Be a Kid:  Grab a flying disk, jump rope, ball or roller skates and hit the park. Physical activity should be fun – partner up with a friend or loved one and learn some new tricks!
  • Go Team! Spring is when lots of team sports start. Join a team at your community center or organize a neighborhood team. It’s a great way to make some new friends and be good to your heart!
  • Lighten Up: Warmer weather means wearing lighter fabrics and fewer layers. Breathable fabric is best; it wicks sweat away from your body so you can stay cool. Drink lots of water, too!

Get a free Walking Route Ap for your Android!

Now you can create, find and track walking paths anytime, anywhere with the American Heart Association Walking Paths App. And the best part is, it’s FREE!  The app is available now for Android-based phones and will be available in May on iTunes. To find the app on your phone, search “American Heart Association Walking Paths” in the Android Market or App Store.

No Android? Check our www.mapmywalk.com or www.mapmyrun.com to create your own walking and/or running maps.