The American Heart Association has released an app, called Walking Paths, which essentially allows users (with GPS-equipped Android phones) to find, tag, and “like” any of the more than 2,500 American Heart Association-designated walking paths in the U.S. There’s even the option to create and save walking paths as they’re discovered. Pretty neat, no? The app comes just in time for National Start Walking Day, which is today if you didn’t know. National Start Walking Day encourages Americans to take a half hour out of their daily time to improve their heart health by taking a short walk. This is a great effort by the AHA to stop obesity and heart problems in America, as advocated by the statement from Ralph L. Sacco, the President of the American Heart Association, which you can read below.
The American Heart Association recommends adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise each week. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and promotes weight loss. Additional benefits occur as the amount and intensity of physical activity increases.
You can download the Walking Paths app for free from the Android Market or via AppBrain by using the box below. Enjoy!