There's Still Time to Join the Over 500 Already Registered!
The WCA Group Health Trust (GHT) is sponsoring a four week walking challenge that begins September 30 and runs through October 27, 2018. Register for the GHT Walking Challenge here.
More than 500 members have accepted the challenge. How about you? Get your walking shoes ready for the WCA Group Health Trust (GHT) four week walking challenge that begins September 30. Learn more and register today!
Need some motivation to get walking? There are many benefits to incorporating a walk into your daily routine.
Walking is good for your heart
Walking can strengthen your heart while reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes. In fact a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day is said to reduce your risk of a stroke. Walking also reduces bad levels of cholesterol and increases the levels of good cholesterol.
Walking may help you to lose weight
If you are new to exercise, or maybe trying to lose weight gradually in order to keep it off, walking is a great form of exercise. Twenty minutes of walking a day will burn 7 pounds of body fat a year.
Lower your risk of dementia
An older person who walks six or more miles a week is less likely to have problems such as dementia. This is because walking has been proven to prevent your brain from shrinking.
Walking gives you energy
Walking boosts your circulation and increases the oxygen supply in your body, which in turn will keep you feeling alert and awake.
It is a full body workout
Many muscles in your body are activated during walking including calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads and abdominals.
A walk can increase your Vitamin D intake
The best way to increase your level of Vitamin D is to get outside in the sunshine. Vitamin D is good for your bone health, as well as your immune system. Just remember to wear your sunscreen.
Walking makes you happy
Walking can help you feel energized and it is also great for making you feel happy. A brisk walk can be just as beneficial as taking an antidepressant, and can be a great helping hand if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or feeling stressed.
Who Can Participate?
Any individual currently covered by GHT health benefits. Participants must be at least 16 years old.
Steps to Participate
1. Choose one of the three options below to measure your progress.
a. Count your steps (you will need your own device to track steps).
b. Track the amount of time you walk (10-minute increments).
c. Track the number of miles you walk.
2. Set a weekly goal. For example, 70,000 steps/week or 3.5 hours/week.
3. Register by clicking on this link. Registration deadline is September 30.
At the end of each week you will report your results. There will be a random weekly drawing from those participants that report their progress. Prior to the start of the challenge all registered participants will receive an email with the link to report points. The link will also be available here on the GHT website.
At the end of challenge those participants that have reported all four weeks will be entered in a drawing for additional prizes including Amazon gift cards and GHT promotional items.
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