The air is crisp. The leaves are changing colors. You’re in a great walking groove. But the days are getting shorter. The temps are getting colder. Don’t let the changing seasons get you off track. Nothing’s worth compromising your health.
“We know that walking is important for people with arthritis for a number of reasons, from reducing pain and fatigue to preventing weight gain and boosting your mood,” says Michael Mantell, PhD, a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Try these strategies to keep your feet moving this fall:
Make Family Time Active
Spending some time with relatives this Thanksgiving? Suggest a walk for a little family bonding. “You can be the role model here for the rest of your family to get moving,” says Mantell.
Try a Different Kind of Happy Hour
Instead of socializing over cocktails or dinner, catch up with friends while you walk together. Research shows people who exercise with friends burn more calories than those who go it alone.
Take a Walk at Work
You might not have time for a 30-minute walk, but you can find a few 10-minute breaks. Take a quick walk around the block with a co-worker in the morning, at lunch and in the afternoon – and you’ll have more time before and after work to tackle all the holiday prep that comes along this time of year.
Get more tips for starting a walking program with the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program.
Author: Alyssa Shafer
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