Heart Health Month may be ending but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop thinking about what keeps us going. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but there are steps we can take to protect ourselves! From practicing mindful eating, taking time to meditate to alleviate stress, and of course taking the literal steps of walking a bit each day can dramatically reduce our risk of heart disease.
Dr. Andrew Weil, has partnered with Vionic Footwear, Orthaheel Technology, and celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, to really drive home the point that heart health, and overall wellbeing, needs to be top of mind long after February has ended. They’ve all teamed up to create the Walkabout, a 28 Day Quest for Good Health set to kick off March 3rd!
“Walking is what your body is designed to do. It strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes bone density, and boosts the immune system,” says Dr. Weil.
We signed up and pledged to walk every day for 28 days and plan to check in each day for 28 days (#walkforhealth) with where we’re walking on Instagram (@spafinder) and Twitter (@spafinder) and hope that you will do! Take the pledge and sign up here! March 3 things will kick off and everyone who signs up will receive fitness tips to increase the challenge from Juliet, healthy recipes from Dr. Weil, and the chance to win weekly prizes! The grand prize winner, who completes the walking challenge will win a trip to L.A. and train with Juliet Kaska to get Red Carpet Ready, and be on their way to improving their odds in beating heart disease.
Come on… Walk with us!
Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative health in the United States recommends the simplicity of walking. Walking is accessible, you literally can walk right out your door, there is no special equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes needed, walking is affordable, no gym memberships are required and lastly its a start to a fitness program that everyone, no matter their level of fitness can participate in. The health benefits are proven – improved mood, mental clarity, energy boost, and reduces blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes and improvement in cardiovascular health and prevents illness. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends walking at least 30 minutes a day – either in one sitting or in 10 minute bursts, 3 times a day throughout the day. Research has shown that walking as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 40 percent.