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.”


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