Benefits of walking groups

June 9, 2009 4:45:46 PM PDT
Get healthy and active with friends by discovering the benefits of walking teams.

Featured guests:

Melissa Horn, trainer
Inactivity after a serious car accident caused weight gain as her daily habits and eating patterns changed. Her sister lost 150 pounds on Weight Watchers and inspired her to join. Weight Watchers helped her lose 30 pounds and she also began to get active. Now, she's excited to help others reach their goal by including activity and training to walk a 5K through the Momentum Walk-It Challenge.

Evelyn Godar, walking group participant Evelyn Godor manages a jewelry store and a busy family and she works in the mall filled with fast food temptations -- yes right next door to a pretzel shop! Motivation to join Weight Watchers (a friend suggested she join and she didn't want to move up to a larger pants size). Weight Watchers and walking has helped her lose more than 60 pounds (walking at the mall at work). She started slowly with walking but has now even incorporated a bit of running into her routine.

Weight Watchers® kicks off spring by urging people to get moving with "The Momentum? Walk-it Challenge"
Challenge Embraces Weight Watchers Proven Principles of Movement and Supportive Atmosphere to Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle

The Momentum Walk-It Challenge

  • This spring, Weight Watchers kicked off the Momentum? Walk It Challenge to encourage its members to move more and train for a 5K event.

    Activity and Health Benefits

  • Research has shown that 90% of people who have kept weight off successfully include regular activity in their lives.

  • The only proven way to successfully lose weight is to take in fewer calories than you use. In other words, eat fewer calories and exercise more.

  • Including 2.5 hours a week of moderate physical activity like brisk walking can produce substantial health benefits for adults (according to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans).

  • Moving more can help improve energy, heart health and good cholesterol levels. Activity can also help decrease stress and bad cholesterol levels.

    Website: www.weightwatchers.com/walkit


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