Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday Mile

Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday Mile
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

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The most important move in the journey to better health is taking the first step – and there’s no better day to do it than National Walking Day.

The American Heart Association (AHA) will kick off National Walking Day to rally everyone – individuals, friends, families, neighborhoods, communities, schools, and workplaces – to join together and walk for health and fun. The day is a great opportunity to promote all the benefits of walking, and people can keep the momentum of National Walking Day going by starting a Monday Mile in their community to keep the physical activity going all year long.

Shavise Glascoe, exercise physiologist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, advises participating in a community weekly walking group as an effective way to form and sustain healthy habits like walking on a regular basis.

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Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday Mile

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“We started Monday Mile walks on campus when we realized that we could be more active, especially working in health promotion. We invited students, faculty members and their families to walk together every Monday and start the week off in an easy, energetic way. I’m happy to say that, weather-permitting, we continue our Monday Mile walking group, week after week,” Ms. Glascoe said.

Why Monday? Research by Johns Hopkins shows that people are more likely to commit to an exercise program on Monday, and those who start their week with exercise are more likely to keep engaging in physical activity throughout the week.

Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday Mile

To keep walking group participants motivated to doing a Monday Mile, Ms. Glascoe suggests the following strategies that will counteract the biggest hurdle to exercise – getting people out of their offices:

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  • Take the Step Up to National Walking Day with the Monday MileTreat the Monday Mile as an appointment with your health – schedule it on your weekly calendar to make it a habit.
  • Don’t look at the Monday Mile as an all-or-nothing idea – prepare for barriers (like an unscheduled meeting with your boss) and have a back-up plan to keep on moving.
  • Use the buddy system – bring a friend to walk with you and pledge to keep each other on track.
  • The Monday Mile is part of The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization, which dedicates the first day of every week to health. The organization offers a free Monday Mile Starter Kit and resources for workplaces, campuses and community groups to start their own program.

Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday Mile

Take Physical Activity Beyond National Walking Day with the Monday MileTo learn more and to download the free starter kit, visit the MoveItMonday website. You can also connect with the program on Facebook and Twitter.

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Take the Step Up to National Walking Day with the Monday Mile

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  • This is such a great idea! I was looking to be more active as a Family, but figured it would be too difficult to take on during school weeks; but 1 mile a day is something that can definitely be done!

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