Walking allows you to get the exercise your body craves in a low-impact and relaxing manner that boasts a variety of health benefits. To give Newport Towers Apartments residents some guidance about the health benefits of walking, step-tracking tools and local walking programs in Waterloo, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together an introduction to walking for your health.
Save On Gym Costs
Stretching your legs during a relaxing stroll or a more brisk power walk can save you on the monthly or annual cost of a gym membership. It is important to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week and to aim for 10,000 steps per day. To keep track of your steps, you can download a variety of apps and programs, including Step Counter, Free Pedometer & Step Counter and Runtastic Pedometer.
Disease and Condition Prevention
Increase Energy and Alertness
A brisk walk is an easy, natural way to boost energy levels by increasing oxygen supply cells in the body and boosting circulation. Take time during the workday to step away from your desk and enjoy a mid-afternoon walk. Being active can have both a positive and protective effect on the brain’s processing power. Maintaining an active lifestyle and regular exercise has the potential to reduce the risk of dementia and increase blood flow to the brain.
Reduces Risk of Stroke and Strengthen Heart
Regular walking for just 30 minutes, five days a week has been shown to significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Walking lowers the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and keeps blood pressure within a normal range.
Walking helps strengthen and stimulate bones and their density. Avoid fragile bones and conditions like arthritis in the future by maintaining and promoting healthy joints and movement.
Research has shown that regular walking can reduce the risk of breast, bowel and other cancers by a significant rate.
Studies have shown that moderate-intensity exercises, which release “feel-good endorphins,” can be just as effective as antidepressants in some cases. Walking can be done both alone or with a group as a social activity that is relaxing and healthy.
Walk On Strong Program
Waterloo’s Walk On Strong Program is devoted to getting people walking. Walks, which range in length from 5KM to 14KM, are held every Tuesday night and Saturday morning and are free of charge. The walks are suitable for almost everybody and instruction is available if you’re interested. The 5KM walking group meets in the Waterloo Public Square near the mall’s main entrance at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday all year long. The 14KM walking group meets in the Waterloo Public Square at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday and the 6KM walking group meets on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Located at 75 King Street South, Waterloo Public Square is a 13-minute drive and 32-minute transit commute from the Newport Towers Apartments.
Give your body the exercise it deserves by integrating walking into your daily routine. Located at 550 Strasburg Road, Williams and McDaniel’s Newport Towers Apartments offer residents an ideal rental option in the city of Waterloo.