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National Walking Day

Date When Celebrated: First Wednesday in April

Spring is in the air. It’s time to go outside for some fresh air and a little exercise. Most Americans do not get enough exercise. That makes today the perfect day to get outside and take a hike, errr walk on National Walking Day.

National Walking Day was created by the American Heart Association to remind people about the health benefits to walking. The goal of this special day is also used to encourage us to begin, maintain, or expand the healthy habit of regular walks.

We think National Walking Day is a very special event. We hope you get hooked on walking on a regular basis. It can launch you into a new and healthier lifestyle.

We only wonder why this special event was set up in mid-week, when most people have work, school and extracurricular activities pulling them away from taking a walk. But, when you think of it, if you can begin the habit of walking during your busy week, then walking on the weekend, when there are countless walkathons will be a cinch.

The American Heart Association encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes a day. If you are new at it or in poor health, start with just a short walk. For the average person, set your sites on a 30 minute walk today. For the very experienced walkers or runners, make it a goal to walk 10% over your normal walk.


Tip: You will find that walking with another person or in groups, will make for a pleasurable walk, and the time will fly by.


How to Participate in National Walking Day

There are so many ways you can get a walk in today. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Walk to and back from work or school.
  • Walk during the lunch hour with friends or work associates.
  • Take an early evening stroll in a park.
  • Organize or participate in a walkathon today.
  • If you have a dog, take him or her for that 30 minute walk. Long walks are good for your dog, too.
  • It is okay to walk or run.

Do you want to live a lot longer? With today’s 30 minute walk under your belt, make a goal to walk 30 minutes a day, three or four days a week. Your physical and mental health will improve as a result.



Today's Quote: " To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar." - - P.T. Barnum

History and Origin of National Walking Day

This special day was created in 2007 by the American Heart Association. Their goal is simply to encourage Americans to live longer, healthier lives


We found no reference to a presidential proclamation or act of congress declaring this a true “National” day. However, we feel strongly that the message of this day is so important, it should be a national day.


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