Move to Improve: Join in Walk to Valentine for Heart Health

posted on Monday, February 5, 2024 in General

As Valentine’s Day turns many people’s thoughts to matters of the heart, the health professionals of Spencer Hospital encourage community members to specifically focus on their heart health. To encourage routine fitness walking for healthy hearts, the hospital is inviting community members to join in a fun virtual walk from Spencer to Valentine, NE.

“A nice, brisk walk is one of the easiest ways to increase your aerobic exercise,” commented Jason Trierweiler, Athletic Enhancement and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Director. “By walking briskly enough to increase your heart rate, you improve your circulation and lower your blood pressure. Plus, the only equipment required for walking is a comfortable pair of shoes.” 

Susan Zulk, Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development, added, “It’s important to have fun in your day and especially while you exercise. To kick off February’s Heart Month, we’re hosting a virtual walk from Spencer to Valentine, Nebraska, which is just 331 miles away. We’re going to run the walking challenge throughout the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 12, we encourage you to track and report your healthy miles, which is easy to do using our online reporting form. And, who knows, if we reach Valentine, NE quickly, we can go the extra distance to Valentine, Montana!”

For each mile walked, the participants’ name will be entered into a drawing for a creative basket of Valentine goodies, compliments of the Spencer Hospital Gift Shop – just in time for you to enjoy for the holiday or gift it to someone who has captured your heart. Entering the drawing and reporting miles can be accomplished online by following this link:

“A virtual walk format allows anyone, anywhere to participate in our trek from Spencer to Valentine,” Zulk said. “Plus, it’s an easy way for those not currently exercising routinely to start small. Walk a mile on the first day and then commit to continue walking the remainder of the days during the virtual walk week. After one week, you may be on your way to developing a healthy habit.”

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