Spring back into exercise with Walk with a Doc

Apr 10, 2017
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Longer days are here again, with the warm weather many have been longing for. Before you set off on a 5-mile run, or cycle up the parkway — experts say, you need to prepare your body for exercise before you jump back in.

“People should consider taking it slow when starting back into a fitness routine,” says Mark Kinter, MD, Midway Medical Center. “It’s important to listen to your body. Simply participating in a daily walk can significantly improve your overall health.”

Taking it slow is very important, especially if you’ve been less active during the past few winter months. Attempting to push too far, too fast only magnifies the chances of sustaining an injury.

Consult with a doctor, personal trainer, or an exercise physiologist on how you should get back into a regular fitness routine.

“If you have taken the winter off, or been inactive for the past few years, start off by simply walking. In fact, you can join the Walk with a Doc program every Saturday starting in April through the fall months,”says Kate Queen, MD, Midway Medical Center. “You will learn about topics of interest, get your blood pressure checked, and have the opportunity to ask local doctors health questions, and more.”

Walk with a Doc will launch in Haywood County on Saturday April 29.

Walk with a Doc is a national nonprofit program in 44 states with weekly, biweekly or monthly walks averaging 22 walkers per walk. The mission of the program is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

Walk with a Doc enables participants to ask a doctor a question, receive a second opinion, and/or follow-up about a recent office visit on a weekly basis.

This program will offer space for community members to interact with healthcare providers and each other while engaging in meaningful discussion about the management of diseases and prevention of illnesses.


10 Reasons You Should Start Walking:

  1. Reduces blood pressure
  2. Lowers cholesterol
  3. Increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol)
  4. Reduces heart attacks (by 86% combined with other factors)
  5. Increases efficiency of heart
  6. Makes our heart muscle stronger
  7. Lowers heart rate
  8. Strengthens lungs
  9. Improves respiratory function
  10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance

For 100 reasons you should walk visit WalkwithaDoc.org/why-walk/.

Want to join the walk? Anyone in the community is welcome to participate. This is a free program and pre-registration is not required. All walks begin at 10 a.m. and are held at Lake Junaluska (start at the porch at the Kern Center), or the Canton Rec Park (meeting at the picnic pavilions near the stage).

For more information about the local Walk with a Doc schedule, location of the day, and upcoming topics, visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/WalkwithaDoc or find the “Walk with a Doc – Haywood” Facebook page for updates and announcements.