Walk Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Welcome to an ongoing series titled Heart Healthy Activities!

These articles will be posted to give health conscious readers advice on activities in the Fayetteville area that are good for you and your heart’s health.

As summertime is often a good time to get outside and be active, in this edition, we are going to highlight some popular hiking destinations in and around Fayetteville, North Carolina. Keeping active is one of the best ways to keep your heart in its best shape, so take this opportunity to explore some of what Fayetteville has to offer!

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults try to involved in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, but did you know that the activity could be as simple as taking a walk?

Walking has been known to be one of the heathiest activities that anyone can do to improve their heart health. Though it sounds easy, walking elevates the heart rate and is also low impact, so it causes less stress on joints. Some of the best parts about walking to improve your health is that it is extremely convenient. Walking can be done anywhere, at just about any time, and can fit into various parts of a busy schedule, including during a lunch break or after a meal. Walking can be made even more enjoyable by adding music, audiobooks, podcasts, or even pets, friends and family.

Just taking a 30 minute walk every day meets the Department of Health and Human Services recommendation. Even though taking a walk sounds simple, there are a few precautions that are important to remember when beginning any new fitness program. First, consult with your physician to ensure that it will not complicate other health concerns. Then, make sure to invest in a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Finally, keep it interesting by exploring new paths and trails. Fayetteville, and even other parts of North Carolina, have endless hiking opportunities. You could just be steps away from a healthier heart!