Walk with a Doc! Next Walk September 9 at Gypsy Hill Park!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Walkers on August 19It was another great day for a walk on Saturday, August 19 on the Greenway in Waynesboro! Walkers were joined by Jessicah Collins, MD, of Augusta Health Endocrinology. The medical minute was about walking as a way to help weight loss:

  • With obesity rates rising in the United States, managing weight has become very important in the area of health and wellness. Walking in general has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are illnesses that are often related to obesity. Some things you can do while walking to help boost your calorie expenditure are to change your pace to include a variety of speeds, to carry light weights or to swing your arms to provide an upper body workout.
  • It takes about 2,000 steps to walk one mile, so if you increase your walking mileage you will burn more fat, which will lead to more weight loss over time. Abdominal fat is greatly reduced by walking because it is necessary to use core muscles to stand and exercise. To track progress over time, you can log you steps from a pedometer onto log sheets or track them on your smartphone. If you would rather walk inside on a treadmill, that equipment provides an easy way to track mileage.
  • Just make sure to listen to your body and don’t overdo it too soon, so you don’t get injured. If weight loss is one of the reasons you’ve decided to start a walking program, it’s recommended that you increase your steps by 500 steps each week until you reach the goal of 10,000 steps per day. Walking is a great low-impact exercise at any age!

The next walk is Saturday, September 9 at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. It starts at 8:30 am at the Bandstand. Walkers get a free t-shirt and pedometer. Dr. Laura Kornegay of the Central Shenandoah Health District will lead the walk. See you there.