Health Benefits of Social Walking

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Your new year’s resolutions may have worn off by now, but it is never too late to keep in shape and improve your health and fitness.

One great way to accomplish your health goals this year is to walk with a friend or group of friends on a regular basis. Not only can you catch up with your friends, you can enjoy the many benefits of walking which include:

  • Improved blood pressure, heart rate and lung function
  • Less depression
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Boost your self esteem and mood
  • Enhance your social life

The more you walk (more frequent and longer distances), the greater these benefits will be. So, grab your friends, set a day of the week and get walking!

Walk with a Doc

Healthcare systems around the country support social walking with a program called Walk with a Doc. Walk with a Doc is an innovative new outreach that blends the need to bring exercise to patients and model that behavior for them with the opportunity to educate them on important health topics. A doctor gives a brief talk and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace.

Participating Ochsner doctor, Timothy Riddell, MD, says, “I hope that this new approach to educating my patients leads to more informed patients, but also more fit patients.” Learn more and find a participating location near you at

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