DAYTON, February 25, 2016 - Walk Across Texas! is a fun and flexible way to exercise. Just get together with seven other people—friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family members—and start walking, or jogging, or even biking.
You can walk together or individually, outside or at a mall or gym, anyway that fits your schedule and lifestyle. You keep track of your miles, to see if you can walk the 830 miles “across Texas” in 8 weeks. Report your totals to see how your team “measures up”! By the end of Walk Across Texas!, you’ll have a healthy habit that will last a lifetime!
According to Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General:
•Physical inactivity is a serious nationwide problem. It is a public health problem, because it is linked to unnecessary illness and premature death.
•More than 60 percent of Americans are not getting enough physical activity to receive health benefits from it.
•Twenty-five percent of adult Americans report no physical activity in their leisure time.
•Regular physical activity can substantially reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.
•Regular physical activity can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance ability to perform daily tasks.
The Centers for Disease Control and American College of Sports Medicine have defined moderate physical activity as 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity a day at least five days a week. Many people will have to work up to being active for 30 minutes a day.
Starting slowly (like walking 10 minutes a day) will improve the chances of success.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to produce health benefits.
Walking the dog, taking walking breaks during the day, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are all good ways to work walking into your daily schedule.
Walking with friends and family can improve your health and enhance relationships. Plus, a companion will make walking more enjoyable.
Planning in advance can help people stick to a walking routine. Making a regular appointment to walk with a friend can help both of you keep exercising!
Friday, March 4th The City of Dayton will host the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Walk Across Texas Kick-Off celebration from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center off S. Cleveland St. in Dayton, Texas. Participants should gather a team of up to 8 and come register your team for a chance to gain bragging rights for your team! Teams will have the opportunity to win door prizes, get a pedometer and walk their first mile! For more information, contact Ladd Hight or Alexis Cordova at (936)334-3230, Kimberly Judge at the City of Dayton (936) 258-2642 or Amanda Wilson at the Dayton Community Center at (936) 258-6630.