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Walk Your Way To Health

May 27, 2015

shot of feet in tennis shoes walking on a trailDid you know that walking is one of the ideal forms of exercise? It’s free and you can do it anytime in any place; no special skill, pricey membership or equipment. It is the best way to build strong bones, muscles and tendons without getting hurt. And it’s one of the easiest ways to walk your way to health.

Walking is something most of us do every day. The Denver Federal Center has a vast network of trails waiting for you, including a one or two mile walking loop. Simply throw on a pair of comfy walking shoes and get outside. Take a much needed lunch break. Move a meeting outside. Or simply get a little moment of fresh air just for you. Any way you do it, get outside and walk. Join our first of three organized DFC walks on June 11, July 22, and August 6, at 11:30 a.m in front of Building 41.

Behavior change is difficult so making a conscious effort to adjust our schedule or regimen can be a real challenge. Many people are turning to fitness trackers to help them measure their level of activity and motivate them to meet their goals. The experts agree, walk 6,000 steps a day to improve your health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight.

It can help prevent dementia: Dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80. We know being active has a protective effect on brain function and regular exercise reduces dementia risk by up to 40 percent.

It boosts your vitamin D levels: If you’re walking outside in daylight, you’ll be boosting your body’s stores of vitamin D – a nutrient that’s hard to get from food, but that we can synthesize from exposure to sunlight.

It makes you happy: The ability of exercise to boost mood is undisputed. Studies have shown regular, moderate-intensity exercise (such as brisk walking) to be as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety.

It gives you energy: It might seem like a paradox, but a brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive.

Boost your mood, give yourself a surge in vitamin D, burn calories, reduce your risk of health problems and improve your social life. Download our one and two mile loop maps on this page [PDF - 80 KB], discover our half-mile fitness trail made of recycled rubber and more.

Last Reviewed: 2021-12-29