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DENVER - Simple walking improves your health. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, elevate mood, and reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes.

Join National Jewish Health doctors on a monthly walk to improve your health, learn about important health topics, and meet new friends interested in improving their health with you.

You'll get to spend time with physicians, get to know them, and ask medical questions in an informal, relaxed, and fun way!

Walk with a Doc

More ways to fit activity into your daily life

• Start small and add more activity into each day. Making small increases in activity throughout the week can help you look and feel better as you move toward your fitness goals. Taking the stairs, parking farther away and walking to the farthest bathroom in the office are great ways to add more activity.

• Use support. Find a friend with similar goals and team up. This can help keep you on a schedule and can make physical activity a social occasion.

• Schedule it. If you don't plan to be active, then it will never happen. You make appointments for everything else, so physical activity is no different. Set a time for it every day. Make it part of your daily life.

• Create a backup plan. Weather, illness and other life demands will happen, so go to plan B. Plan B might include lots of things that can be done even if the weather is bad, such as climbing the stairs during your lunch break, doing jumping jacks, dancing or walking around the mall.

• Make it fun. By choosing activities you enjoy, you're much more likely to stick with them. Walking, dancing, biking, running and swimming are just a few activities that can be fun and good for you.

Benefits of physical activity

• Improved flexibility and energy levels. Movement stretches your muscles, gets your blood flowing and stimulates your body to use nutrients for energy.

• Provided breaks. Adding activities to your day gives you a break from your daily routine.

• Decreased weight-related illnesses. Activity can improve metabolism, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

• More calories burned. During physical activity, your metabolism speeds up and you burn calories from stored carbohydrate and fat.

• Reduced stress. When you are active, your brain releases chemicals that help you relax and feel good.

• Improved confidence. Physical activity is a positive change that gives your confidence a boost, which can carry over into all other parts of your life.

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