Walk with a Doc! Next walk: May 20 at The Greenway in Waynesboro

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A little rain didn't keep the walkers away. On Saturday, May 13, Walk with a Doc strode around Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton despite the gloomy conditions.

The group of walkers on May 13

The Murphy Deming School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant students provided us these intriguing facts on how a simple walk can reduce inflammation in our bodies:

  • Approximately, 25 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. These diseases cause the immune system to begin to attack healthy cells in the body, which causes inflammation in the body. Some common diseases that cause this inflammation are rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Type 1 diabetes.
  • It takes only 20 minutes of walking to reduce inflammation in the body.
  • When exercising, our bodies are able to produce hormones that activate receptors in immune cells, which cause inflammation to go down.
  • As we get older, our bodies gain whole- body fluid. Walking is a great way to reduce whole- body fluid, and it is inexpensive.
  • Excess fat contributes to inflammation in the body. By exercising to reduce this fat, it will reduce the amount of inflammation in the body.
  • Most importantly, if you are just beginning to exercise make sure you don't go overboard right away.
  • Lastly, don't forget aerobic exercises, like walking and weight training.

Join us Saturday, May 20th at 8:30 at the Greenway in Waynesboro. The walk will be facilitated by Dr. Varma, a cardiologist at Augusta Health.