-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
The American Heart Association released a new online program to help keep exercise and diet commitments to Americans. According to surveys, 58 percent of Americans resolve to improve their health in 2010. It was also indicated that senior citizens would rather diet over exercise as a way to improve their health, and are more likely to keep this goal than younger people.
Often times, people will find excuses as why they do not exercise, and this new social media application by the American Heart Association is there to target this particular group. If you don’t have time, or you are stressed about work, American Heart Association’s “Start! Daily Walking Guide” does not allow for these justifications.
Nearly half of all Americans use online tools to track their health, and with this new tool, we may all be able to accomplish our New Years Resolutions! With a lot of time on the computer, this application can be a big success, as it can be connected to Facebook accounts, Windows Life, and iGoogle. As well, there is 12 weeks of customized walking plans, a private journal to record exercises, and daily messages to inspire health. Not only that, but they use social networking as a way to motivate others with “sole-mates” where you can talk to others that are in the program as well. It is proven that 76 percent of people are more likely to walk if another person is counting on them to do so. Check out the tool at www.startwalkingnow.org. Customize your new walking plan, and start living healthy!