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Yesterday The National Heart Association was urging people to keep it moving for National Walking Day.

These days we are all spending more time than ever at work and the side effect of that is, as a nation, we're becoming more inactive.  The National Heart Association says the result of inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease.

We are always telling you what you should be doing to get in shape so this time we decided to take a look at ourselves here at FOX13.  Are people walking or running?  "These running shoes are not just for walking they are Heather York's and she uses them to run five miles every day.  That's right, but what about the rest of the staff?"

Ernie and Val say, "OK Ernie, national walking day what are you doing?  Walking away from this interview...ha...ha...well, that's a couple of steps anyway. Val, how about you?  You doing some walking?  Yes indeed, I'll be walking on my treadmill watching the Americans on FX.  Yea I'll be walking a lot and about how long will you walk?  I'll walk for at least 45 minutes and run.  I walk and run now.  That's what we're talking about. Yes I'll be walking in Memphis!

 

Jeff Rushing, director says, "I wish I had walked!  It would have been easier.  I was on the exercise bike, it's a lot harder.  I have a high stress job.  You're talking to me and directing the show."

Steve Ross, director says, "yes I'm walking to class in about an hour and a half.  Walking back to the University of Memphis and walking back over here to get my car and go home and go to sleep."

Nichole Willis, producer says, "are you being heart healthy? Right now I'm not but eventually I will be.  I'm 6 months pregnant and I have to walk for my baby but right now I'm not waking."

The National Heart Association says if you get 30 minutes of exercise a day it will lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and make you feel.  Thomas Lacy has being doing it for some time and it works.  "Oh yes it does!   In 3 months' time I had blood pressure back to 120 over 80.  It had not been that way in 4 or 5 years."

So you see it does work?  Does everyone get it?

Joey and Ed say, "OK Joey, National Walking Day, did you walk today?  It's walk to school Wednesdays so I walked the kids to school today.  About a half a mile.  That's good and now Ed how about you?  You know I've been walking from the weather center to the green screen and back and forth again and later I'm going ...what 10 -15 feet....it could be a mile after about 4 hours and then I'm going to walk to my car...shining example...haha.."

Here is the funny part, Ed might be on to something.

Randy Kostiuk from Church Health Center says, "If you can piece together 15-20-30 minutes of time of sustained exercise, the benefits are there for you for stress management purposes too.  So you are getting the psychical benefits but also the mental too.  So if Ed Echols says he is walking back and forth between the green screen and weather center and out to the car; he could be getting close.  It could be building some resistance up there. 

So who would have thought that just doing the weather could be good for you?  So I guess be like Ed Echols, boy is that weird to say, and get in shape.

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