Walking 101: cool-down stretches

Proper stretching helps you strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. And post-workout stretching can help reduce the buildup of lactic acid, which can lead to muscle cramps and stiffness.            Hold each of the following stretches for 10 to 30 seconds and stretch evenly on both sides. There will be a mild discomfort with a good stretch, but it should never feel painful. Be sure … Continue reading Walking 101: cool-down stretches

How to turn walking into a daily habit

You already know that incorporating a brisk walk into your daily routine is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise. Unfortunately, busy schedules, weather or downright lack of motivation can prevent you from meeting that daily goal. Below, BCBSKS employer group wellness coordinator Jane Shirley shares some strategies that can help you transform an inconsistent walking routine into a daily habit.

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National Walk at Lunch Day Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

{Guest blog} Chase Middle School students walk at lunch

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas became a business partner with Chase Middle School, located in Topeka, KS, in 2004 by providing a variety of resources to assist Chase with educating students in grades 6-8.

Each year, students in Chase’s student leadership group lead BCBSKS employees in our walk around the capital for National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Today marks the 10th anniversary of our National Walk @ Lunch Day walk, so we’ve invited six students from Chase to write this week’s blog post on what the participation means to them. Continue reading “{Guest blog} Chase Middle School students walk at lunch”

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Walk for your health

Today is National Walk @ Lunch Day, so we hope you can get outside of the office and help us celebrate! It’s one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise.

Medical research shows that people who use walking as a fitness program can have a positive influence on many chronic conditions and diseases, including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Breast and colon cancer
  • Gallstones

Walking also reduces stress and anxiety, and helps lower blood pressure. Continue reading “Walk for your health”