How many minutes do you spend moving across Arkansas?

Research shows the average adult spends more than half their waking hours being sedentary. Too little physical activity can negatively affect health, such as increased chronic disease risk, obesity and premature death.

Those who work in offices spend 65 to 75 percent of the workday sitting. Even for those who exercise regularly, being sedentary too long can increases health risks.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity — or a combination of both — each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health and decrease the risk of chronic diseases.

The Cooperative Extension Service would like to invite everyone to take steps towards reducing their risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke by participating in our Walk Across Arkansas program.

Walk Across Arkansas (WAA) is an 8-week exercise campaign where you and your team set personal goals for physical activity and try to meet them, with a little help from your friends! Many WAA participants have enjoyed more energy, better sleep, comradery of new friends and a host of other benefits.

Registration for the fall session of WAA began Sept. 16th. Walking starts September 29th.

Is only walking allowed, you may ask? No. Most people in the Walk Across Arkansas program choose to walk, but you can do any type of physical activity as long as you get up and get moving. Hiking, biking, running, exercising with weights, playing ball, walking your dog, all count towards your total minutes.

To get started: you need a team of thee to eight, a team name, a good pair of walking shoes and a watch. Then register your team online at walk.uaex.edu. It’s that simple. Each week team members go online to log their total minutes spent exercising each day. Each week teams can check the leader board to see how their team compares to others across the state.

Walk Across Arkansas is a fun way to increase your physical activity and meet goals with encouragement from your team. Want to make the eight-week program even more fun? Ask other individuals at your workplace, church or school to form additional teams for some friendly competition.

Have questions or want to know more? Contact the Logan County Extension Office at 963-2360 or 675-2787 or email ckhammonds@uaex.edu.