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Today is National Walking Day

Joe Centers • Apr 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

In celebration of National Walking Day today, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to get fit and have fun by launching “Show Us Your Moves.” The month-long Instagram promotion encourages consumers to submit photos of their favorite fun physical activity — dancing, roller skating, walking with friends, gardening.

Selected photos will be featured each week on www.heart.org and various American Heart Association social media pages. By sharing pictures of their physical activity on Instagram with the hashtag #mymoves, consumers can help spread the notion that exercise can be fun.

On National Walking Day, a day where hundreds of thousands across the nation take steps to improve their health, Americans are encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes of their day briskly walking. Physical activity is critical to being healthy, but less than 50 percent of adults get enough daily exercise. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to see the health benefits of physical activity such as lower blood pressure, improved bone health, weight maintenance after weight loss, better sleep, and more energy. With “Show Us Your Moves,” the American Heart Association hopes people will continue to make physical activity a priority beyond National Walking Day and find the fun in being fit.

For more information on “Show Us Your Moves,” visit www.heart.org/nationalwalkingday to see promotion rules and directions.

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