Each year, the first Wednesday in April is designated National Walking Day to encourage the public to get out and get their hearts pumping. 

This long-standing health initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) was created in 2007 to get residents to prioritize physical activity and recognize the benefits of walking, such as weight reduction, muscle strengthening, improved joint flexibility, enhanced cardiovascular health, and more.

The AHA recommends visiting a local trail or park or even getting on the treadmill if you can’t get outside. Stretching before and after, being aware of trail conditions, bringing a friend, and wearing comfortable clothes are all ways to make walking more enjoyable. To find a local trail near you, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

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