Light the Night Walk

Long walks on the beach aren’t just for romantic stories. According to the National Walkers’ Health Study, research has proven longer walks, based on time not distance, correlate with use of less medication. A guideline for planning a long walk is to walk for 40 minutes at 60% to 65% maximum heart rate. For short walks of 20-30 minutes you’ll want to increase the intensity to a brisk pace that raises the heart rate to be at 75% to 85% maximum heart rate. This will help improve heart and lungs conditioning. *Don’t forget to find your maximum heart rate simply subtract your age from 220! Other health benefits of walking include reduced levels of cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure, controls/prevents diabetes, and by increasing blood blow to the brain it helps maintain mental alertness and cognitive health.
Walking not only provides personal health benefits, October 17th you can walk for a cause right here in Gainesville. Light the Night is put on by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in efforts to raise funds for:  research, education, programs, healthcare reforms, and patient expenses and assistance for those people who are battling cancer. You can participate individually or make a night of it and form a team with friends. We have made significant progress in increasing leukemia survival rates over the past 40 years from a mere 3% to a whopping 90%. Check out this website for information on becoming a Champion for Cures or a Bright Lights Club member and find out how to register for the walk:

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