The WCA Group Health Trust (GHT) is sponsoring a four week walking challenge that begins September 1. This is not a team challenge, but you can still encourage your fellow GHT members to compete.
Please be sure to share this information with the GHT members in your organization.
Who Can Participate?
- Any individual currently covered by GHT health benefits.
- Participants must be at least 16 years old.
How To Participate
- Register by clicking on this link.
- Registration deadline is September 1, 2019
- Measure your progress by counting your steps with a device like a Fitbit or pedometer (GHT will not provide a tracking device), or track the amount of time you walk or count the number of miles you walk.
- Set a weekly goal. For example, 70,000 steps/week or 3.5 hours/week.
Why Walk With GHT?
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.
You can 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.
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