American Heart Association and Nationally acclaimed Walk Your Talk Coach encourages Americans to be more active to improve health
St. Petersburg, FL – April 6, 2016 – The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day, started in 2007 by the American Heart Association to encourage Americans to be more active and walk for 30 minutes per day. Americans are the least active they have ever been and as a result, almost 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. “Walk Your Talk Coach” Bonnie Stein offers a simple remedy. And it’s something almost anyone can do – walking.
National Walking Day starts a month long celebration to inspire people to walk to improve their health. Stein, founder of AceWalker Walk Your Way to Fitness Programs notes that, “More Americans are overweight than are a healthy weight”, adding that, “Our nation is in danger of an epidemic of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and future immobility.”
Walking is for almost anyone. Even people with arthritis, knee problems, or the very obese can do water-walking in a pool until they graduate to walking on land. Stein, who has been teaching racewalking and exercise walking to all ages from nine to 90 for the past 28 years, says, “Although people should check with their doctor before starting a fitness program, including walking, NOT walking is what’s going to cause health problems of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”
Walking at least 150 minutes per week — 30 minutes five times per week minimum — is so simple and has so many benefits. Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help people:
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Stein added, “Walking is the ideal activity because you can do it anywhere and any time.” She encourages her students to walk first thing in the morning, before going to work, since “research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are the ones who stick with it year after year.” “The truth is that walking will work whenever you do it, 3:00 in the morning or 3:00 in the afternoon, as long as you do it,” Stein said.
What makes walking the perfect exercise according to Stein, is that, “You can do it anywhere, in a park, your neighborhood, on a treadmill, a high school track, indoors at a mall, around a parking lot, the deck of a ship, and more.” “Trust me, I’ve walked all those places, and more, including the top floor of a hotel I was staying at in Chicago during a snowstorm, in Phoenix, Arizona when the temperature outdoors was 113 degrees, and during a hurricane in Cleveland, Ohio, when I couldn’t get a flight back to Florida!”
“That’s the beauty of the sport of walking – anywhere, anytime, with or without anyone else,” Stein added.
Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your health. Tips and articles on how to get started can be found at www.AceWalker.com. For more information on National Walking Day, contact the American Heart Association.
About Bonnie Stein and AceWalkerSM Walk Your Way to Fitness Programs
Bonnie Stein, M.Ed., CPTS is a national masters racewalk award winner, nationally Certified Personal Training Specialist, racewalk instructor, author, noted speaker, and the founder of AceWalker Walk Your Way To Fitness Programs. Bonnie has taught racewalking to more than 18,000 people over the past 28 years and has published more than 200 articles on walking and fitness.
Bonnie was named one of the top racewalking instructors in the country by Walking Magazine and has been featured on CNN, in Walking Magazine, Prevention Magazine, WSB-TV channel 2 in Atlanta, FOX 13 in Tampa, Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine, Running Journal Magazine, Coastal Sports and Wellness Magazine, and Sesame Street Parents Magazine.
Bonnie has a Masters of Education degree (M.Ed.) from the University of Florida and received the prestigious Certified Personal Training Specialist (CPTS®) accreditation by Fitness Institute International. She is a member of IDEA (the association for fitness professionals), the Council of Reebok Professionals, and the ASICS Fitness Alliance. Bonnie is a recipient of the National Masters Award in the Presidential Sports Award Program and the author of The New Racewalker’s Log, and has published over 200 articles on walking and fitness.
Based in Redington Shores, Florida near St. Petersburg, Bonnie continues to teach people the benefits of including a program of walking and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle. She teaches the Olympic sport, Racewalking, to people starting their fitness program as well as to advanced students in the Tampa Bay area, along with Rev Up Your Walk seminars throughout North America.