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Walking Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

2012 May 14

By Lina Younes

As I mentioned in an earlier blog this year, I had decided that 2012 was the year that I was going to incorporate healthier habits into my daily living. I have not only made a conscious effort to eating healthier, but I definitely have become more active. So when I got an email at work about a “Walk to Wellness” event, I immediately signed up for it.

Just last week, we had our Walk to Wellness event at EPA in collaboration with other federal agencies. Over 100 employees came together to enjoy some outdoor activities and walk. We had a nice 1.5 mile route established for us from EPA headquarters, through the Ellipse, near the White House, and back. Although there was a possibility of rain, we were lucky to have an overcast day with temperatures that were just right. Not too hot, not too cold, just perfect for a nice walk.

Walking is an excellent way to get energized without having to go to the gym. You can actually walk anywhere. Since I’ve been trying to increase my daily activities, I got a pedometer to measure my progress. I look for any opportunity to just get up and walk. Need some suggestions? How about walking over to your colleague two cubes down to ask a question instead of simply shooting an email? How about going up or down a flight of stairs instead of taking the elevator? Once you take simple actions like this, you realize that those steps start adding up.

If you’re going to engage in outdoor activities, remember to check the Air Quality Index. Even when it’s overcast, use sunblock or a hat to protect yourself from dangerous UV rays. You can even check out the UV index forecast in your community to reduce the risk of overexposure while exercising outdoors.

It’s all part of getting healthier. Have you done anything special to become more active lately?

About the author: Lina Younes is the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. Among her duties, she’s responsible for outreach to Hispanic organizations and media. She spearheaded the team that recently launched EPA’s new Spanish website, www.epa.gov/espanol . She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. She’s currently the editor of EPA’s new Spanish blog, Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente. Prior to joining the agency, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and an international radio broadcaster. She has held other positions in and out of the Federal Government.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. May 14, 2012

    Thanks for the great article. I too have been trying to walk more lately. I’ve also been trying to eat healthier by using juice type diets to dry and drop my weight. I didn’t even know we could check the air index for healthy air, so thanks for the info!

  2. May 15, 2012

    The Good Force be with you!

    Yes, you’re right, Lina! Walking for about 15 to 30 minutes everyday is a good exercise for our body.

    Live forever and prosper!

  3. May 16, 2012

    I used to be a gym goer and runner but have found that my joints just can’t hold out any more, I’m not that old, only 38. So for the last year I’ve been walking for exercise and have never felt more balanced and fit. I say walking is the way to go!
    Good article thanks Lina.

  4. May 17, 2012

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  5. May 18, 2012

    Thank you very useful information.

  6. May 18, 2012

    Walking is very good for your good health, daily walking an hour will be refresh for you.

  7. May 18, 2012

    I’m baffled by the information in this blog I found it to be not only extremely remarkable however it also made me reflect. It is hard now a days to locate relevant information to ones search, so I’m pleased that I found this blog

  8. May 18, 2012

    One can live a healthy life just by changing one’s lifestyle and adapting healthy habits. The most simple and effective exercise ‘WALKING’ can give you an energetic life.

  9. May 18, 2012

    Thanks for the great article.

  10. Lina-EPA permalink
    May 18, 2012

    Yes, incorporating more walking into our daily activities is relatively easy. Thanks for all the good comments.
    Lina

  11. May 21, 2012

    good article.

  12. May 23, 2012

    Good one Lina, and yes certainly ‘walking’ by far the orthodox way to stay active. Today, people try walking in treadmills which is good but the energy, uplift you get and the happy inner feeling are all more in a fresh morning walk. However, as expressed by Lina, a proper dietary support is also required for a complete, power-packed and healthy tomorrow:)

  13. May 24, 2012

    This is a very informative post! I usually do not reply but in this case you deserve it.

  14. May 31, 2012

    walking actually boosts up the stamina and we do not need to bear the heavy expenses like one we do for a gym.Also information related to air quality index and UV index forecast is very helpful. Thanks Lina for such a great post.

  15. Lina-EPA permalink
    May 31, 2012

    Thanks for all your positive feedback. Walking is the easiest way to incorporate activities into our daily lives. There is no doubt that healthy physical activities should go hand in hand with healthier foods as well. If you adopt these good behaviors in your lifestyle, it’s much easier to achieve the ultimate goal: a good health.
    Lina

  16. June 29, 2012

    on foot actually boosts up each stamina and we don’t have to undergo the heavy expenses places one we do with regard to gym. Will information related to quality of air index and AND ALSO THE index forecast is often rather helpful. All the best Lina for process great

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    August 20, 2012

    Will information related to quality of air index and AND ALSO THE index forecast is often rather helpful. All the best Lina for process great on foot actually boosts up each stamina and we don’t have to undergo the heavy expenses places one we do with regard to gym.

  18. sbo permalink
    August 26, 2012

    on foot actually boosts up each stamina and we don’t have to undergo the heavy expenses places one we do with regard to gym.

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    September 9, 2012

    Sometimes i feel so lazy to take a walk, oftenly take vehicle. But now i take my bike :)

  20. alrazaak permalink
    October 1, 2012

    thanks for such useful information i am looking forward for more

  21. Muara Fatan permalink
    October 1, 2012

    I used to walk 20 minute in the morning before everything in my business but now the business made me need to change them, I will do a walking project once every two days.

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    November 9, 2012

    thanks for posting…i may too have a good feeling when i walk on the road every morning…its my daily exercise

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    May 8, 2013

    Thanks for the great tips, you could also track your steps to see how you did using a pedometer.

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    January 30, 2014

    Will information related to quality of air index and AND ALSO THE index forecast is often rather helpful. All the best Lina for process great on foot actually boosts up each stamina and we don’t have to undergo the heavy expenses places one we do with regard to gym

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    June 3, 2014

    Will information related to quality of air index and AND ALSO THE index forecast is often rather helpful. All the best Lina for process great on foot actually boosts up each stamina and we don’t have to undergo the heavy expenses places one we do with regard to gym

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