Walk with a Doc! Next Walk August 19 on the Greenway in Waynesboro!
It was a great day for walking on Saturday, August 12 in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton! The walkers were joined by Lewis Siegel, MD, of Augusta Health Cardiology. He spoke briefly about the impact of exercise—like walking—on blood pressure.
Exercise is know to lower the risk of high blood pressure and can help control blood pressure that is already high. Since the heart is a muscle like any other muscle, it is important that it be ‘exercised’ and kept in good shape. The desirable blood pressure is 120/80, and walking is a great way to maintain that number!
A strong heart is able to pump more blood to the body with less effort. Physical activity at a moderate pace strengthens the heart and lowers the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes—all conditions that put people at risk for heart attack and stroke. Walking can also help poor circulation by increasing oxygen delivery to the muscles. It doesn’t mean spending hours in a gym. Simply taking the stairs or parking in a spot farther away from the store can have a positive effect on the heart.
The next walk is on the Greenway in Waynesboro. It starts at 8:30 am at the Dominion Shelter. Walkers get a free t-shirt and pedometer. Dr. Jessicah Collins from Augusta Health Endocrinology will lead the walk. See you there!