By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Today, we talked to pedestrians around center city about that.
(Kuznits:) “Do you enjoy walking?”
(Man #1:) “Yes — just to get the exercise. And summer’s coming up, so maybe drop a few pounds. And just to walk — not relying on Septa.”
(Kuznits:) “Why do you think it’s important to have a National Walkng Day?”
(Woman #1:) “Well, because there are a lot of couch potatoes around.”
(Man #2:) “It’s good cardio! You know, it keeps your heart good. If you’ve got any type of ailments or stuff like that, it’s good for your digestive system, so it’s definitely a good thing.”
(Woman #2:) “It helps clear my mind. And I have high blood pressure, so that also helps bring it down some.”
(Man #3:) “I think everybody should walk. It’s good for your health, it’s good for your heart — it’s just good!”
According to the American Heart Association, walking is the most popular form of aerobic physical activity for individuals of any age.
(Man #4:) “You’ve got to get some good shoes, though. Get some good walking shoes! If they’re uncomfortable, I advise you not to walk. Especially long distances.”