Walking for Your Health
Jump start a healthier lifestyle by joining the Baptist Health Community Walking Program. The Community Walking Program encourages aerobic walking for good health by providing Arkansans with skills, tools and resources needed to plan and track daily walking habits and to make walking a permanent part of a healthier lifestyle. Incentive prizes will be rewarded for taking charge of your health!
Enrollment is FREE to Arkansans 18 and older residing in the Baptist Health service areas. Membership entitles you to a FREE Walker Starter Kit which includes a walking log, t-shirt, water bottle, and pedometer!
Walking Program members receive a monthly newsletter, health education classes and access to free health screenings.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active, and can make a difference in reducing your risk for many chronic diseases. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Walking is also inexpensive and all you need is a pair of shoes with sturdy heel support.
- Help prevent overweight and obesity
- Help control your appetite
- Tone your muscles and strengthen your bones
- Lower your risk of chronic disease such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
- Give you more energy
- Improve your mood
- Help you relax and sleep better
- Reduce stress
- Provide an enjoyable time for sharing and socializing with family or friends.
The result? More energy, healthy weight loss, reduced tension and even an increased sense of accomplishment.
- Getting the most from your walking is easy.
- Simply follow a few guidelines recommended by fitness-walking experts.
- Wear quality, comfortable walking shoes and loose fitting clothes that allow for proper ventilation.
- Start with a 5 – 10 minute stroll to raise your body temperature. Then limber up with some light stretching of your calf and thigh muscles, as well as head rotations for your neck muscles.
- As you walk, pace yourself, never push. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, or pain, slow down or stop and rest.
- Gradually cool down as you near the end of your walk. Upon finishing, repeat your stretching exercises to prevent muscle soreness.
- Choose a safe place to walk. Find a partner or group to walk with you.
Always consult your physician before initiating any type of exercise or conditioning program.
Tips for Better Health:
- Walking is the most popular aerobic physical activity that helps control weight and improve overall health.
- The U.S. Surgeon General reports that a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity such as walking on most days of the week can produce long-term health benefits
- Walking 10,000 steps a day is recommended to reach the minimum 30 minute physical activity goal. (2,000 steps is about equal to walking a mile and will burn about 100 calories)
- Recording your daily steps with a pedometer will help with weight management (weight loss, weight gain, or weight regain).
- Make a goal of increasing your daily steps by at least 500 steps per day to achieve the 10,000 steps a day for better health.