Walking Toward a Healthy Heart

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.  That breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week. So what’s the payoff?  You’ll feel healthier, stronger and live longer. Research shows that regular exercise, like walking, helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes.

One way to work physical activity into your daily routine is to walk with purpose.  Not only is regular, brisk walking the activity of choice for millions of people, but you also are more likely to stick with walking than any other exercise.

You can start walking with purpose today!  It’s free, it’s easy and there are several ways to work it into the daily routine you already have.

  • Walk to run errands.
  • Walk your dog.
  • Walk on your lunch break.
  • Schedule a “walking meeting.”
  • Take a walk with your kids.
  • Walk while catching up with a friend over the phone.
  • Walk in preparation of the Richmond Heart Walk on October 6 at the Innsbrook Pavillion!

You can join American Family Fitness and other local companies, survivor teams and volunteers by creating a team today.  Learn more about the event here.


Pam Speich, RD – Director of Nutrition Services at American Family Fitness and the Registered Dietitian at the Short Pump location. 

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