If you’ve allowed your fitness resolutions for the New Year to lapse, April’s Move More Month is the opportunity to rekindle your goals. (No excuses this time!) The American Heart Association sponsors this month — formerly called National Walking Day. Beyond the health benefits that exercise can provide, it is a great way to reconnect with friends and family too. And with Move More Month in the spring, people can’t use winter weather as an reason to stay indoors. (See? We said no excuses.)
Move More Month Activities
Walk for 30 minutes
A half hour is a good starting point. Even if walking feels good and you feel like you could go longer, you don’t want to overdo it on the first day. You have all month to improve.
Grab some friends and family
If you’re looking for a way to have quality time with friends and family, walking will do it. Leave the smartphones at home or on silent mode in a pocket, and enjoy the quality time while receiving some exercise. (The kids may hate the idea, but they'll thank you — one day.)
Find a new trail
If you’re already a regular walker, try a new path. Give yourself a change in scenery as a Move More Month gift. Walking is a great way to notice little things because you aren’t going as fast as you would be on a bicycle or when jogging, so a new trail can be a real treat.
Why We Love Move More Month
It’s an excuse to go outside
Winter's over, temperatures are rising, and we all want to feel the sun on our faces again. But some of us need extra motivation to go outside and enjoy the weather. Once you start exercising in the spring weather regularly, it’ll hopefully become a habit.
You don’t need a lot of equipment
Not into jogging or tennis? Just walk! As long as you have a comfortable pair of shoes, you’re ready to go. (But if you want to purchase some new workout gear to give you extra motivation to keep up your walking routine, we won’t judge you.)
Even walking is healthy
The American Heart Association began the former National Walking Day to promote its health benefits. Through a steady program of walking, you’ll see lower blood pressure, weight loss, and improved strength. And who couldn’t use improvements in all three? For those who have knee or other joint problems, walking is a great alternative to jogging in terms of limiting stress on those joints.