Benefits of Walking

Walk with Santa Challenge

It’s time for December’s challenge to win a free subscription to Family Doctor Magazine. Written by health-care professionals, James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor is your trustworthy, evidence-based source for reliable health information–delivered straight to your door.

This December you’ll have the chance to be Santa’s Walking Buddy.

At WalkingSpree we have a diverse group that include many faiths and beliefs, so we fully recognize that not everyone celebrates Christmas or the spirit of Santa Claus. If you do not want to participate in the Walk with Santa Challenge. You can easily remove him from your buddy list by going to Walking Buddies and click remove. We will still verify if you’ve walked more than 7,000 steps on days between now and December 31st.

Rules:

You will notice on your profile page starting tomorrow morning that you now have a new walking buddy. . . Santa Claus. Jolly Ole Saint Nick himself.

Santa averages 7,000 steps every day during December (he doesn’t hit 10,000 because he’s on his sleigh a lot this time of year).

For every day you walk more than Santa from today until Dec. 31st, your name is entered into the draw for the subscription to Family Doctor Magazine.

Holiday Walking Tips

The holidays can be a challenging time for people to find time to exercise with visiting friends and family. So here are some suggestions to help you get those holiday steps in:

1. Holiday Shopping – You’re at the mall already, so instead of feeling frustrated that you’ve got to run around the mall so much, check your pedometer regularly and refuel that frustration into success that you’re getting healthier and boosting your steps.

2. Park far away from the malls

3. Family walks – While visiting family and friends. Instead of everyone sitting on the couch stuffed to the gills from food, suggest everyone go for a walk instead to look at the Christmas lights.

4. Shoveling snow – Not anyone’s favorite job. Remember as you push the scoop down the driveway that you’re adding more steps to your pedometer.

5. Decorating – While decorating the tree or house, take one item per trip to add more steps.

6. Walk & Talk – The holidays are a time when we’re often on the phone with family and friends. Take advantage of this time to use a portable phone and walk around your house while talking.

7. Holiday parties – Often a time for dancing. Get out on the dance floor and step up a storm.

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D-Blog Day: Diabetes Awareness Month Step Tips Calendar

On November 9th, D-blog day, every year, bloggers join together to write about Diabetes. This coincides with November being American Diabetes Month and Nov. 14th being World Diabetes Day.

D-Blog Day

The American Diabetes Association wants to ask you “Why should you care about Diabetes?”.

Why do I care about Diabetes?

I care about diabetes because it has been rampant in my family. My grandmother, my grandfather, aunts and uncles. I want to make sure that I am healthy for my two sons and that they, themselves, do not develop diabetes.

With numbers like these below, many of us have diabetes or have family members with diabetes and that is why awareness is critical.

Nationwide: 23.6 million people – 7.8% of the population – have diabetes

  • Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people

Your Child has a one in three chance of a future with diabetes.

WalkingSpree’s 30 Days to ask “Why you should care about Diabetes” calendar.

For Diabetes Awareness Month, you can download WalkingSpree’s Diabetes Awareness calendar with walking tips for posting in your workplace or on your fridge as a reminder of the importance of every step you take.

Controlling Diabetes

Walking is one of the best ways to control Type II diabetes and improving the health of diabetics.

A diabetes prevention study of more than 3,000 patients with impaired glucose tolerance (a pre-diabetes condition) showed that those who walked or exercised five times a week for 30 minutes lost between 5 and 7 percent of their body weight and reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Those over age 60 reduced their risk of diabetes by 71 percent, a result not matched by any drug used in the study.

In another study, diabetic patients who wore a pedometer for 3 months showed improvements in their fitness, blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and weight, and lost an average of more than 4 lbs each.

Reduce Health Care Costs

Research shows that approximately 20% of the population with diabetes incur 80% of healthcare costs. The better controlled a diabetic is, the lower the risk for developing long-term complications from diabetes-very expensive complications to treat, like retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and neuropathy (nerve disease).

Resources:

Dlife: Making a Difference in Diabetes: Ten Ways YOU Can Get Involved in Diabetes Awareness Month

DiabetesCompass: Your Diabetic Feet

Joslin Diabetes Center: Managing your diabetes

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