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By clicking below I acknowledge that I am enrolling in, a program created by the American Heart Association, Inc. ("AHA Program").

I am engaging in the AHA Program voluntarily and for my own personal reasons. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician regarding heart disease.

The AHA programs I am enrolling in may advocate or involve physical activity such as exercise. Such physical activity is a potentially hazardous activity that may involve certain risks. By participating in AHA programs, I assume all associated risks. It is my responsibility to consult with a physician to determine my ability to engage in any and all activities associated with the AHA Programs. It is also my responsibility to use equipment, clothing, and technique that are appropriate for the activities related to the AHA Programs. I am solely responsible for my own safety.

I agree to not sue, and to release, indemnify and hold harmless, the AHA, its affiliates, officers, directors, volunteers and employees, and all sponsors of the AHA programs sponsors and the agents of such sponsors, from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of my participation in the AHA programs, whether arising from the negligence of any of the above parties or from any other cause. The foregoing release, indemnification, and hold harmless shall be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the state in which I live.

I consent to the aggregation of my non-identifying information with like information from other people, and I consent to the release of such aggregated information to other parties, including but not limited to the sponsors of AHA. I authorize the AHA to mail me information about the AHA Programs or about other AHA offerings.

I acknowledge and agree that the AHA may discontinue certain AHA programs without notice to me and that I shall have no continuing rights in the AHA programs upon such termination.

I assert that I am the person about whom the information I am providing relates.

If any portion of this agreement is held invalid, the balance shall continue in full force and effect.

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Tired of walking alone? Find or create an American Heart Association Walking Club. Invite friends, family, neighbors and colleagues who share your goals and connect with them for encouragement and support. Then, get together for a heart-healthy walk.

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Fitting Fitness Into a
Busy Schedule

By now you know that exercise is good for you, and that you should do something on a regular basis, like walking. What's the best time for you to exercise? Anytime. Honestly.

A healthy exercise program includes muscular strengthening, flexibility training and plenty of aerobic exercise such as walking. You can start your walking program without investing in any elaborate equipment except a good, comfortable pair of shoes.

Walking Can Be Fun

Even on a busy schedule, you can find creative ways to make time for walking. If you can fit two 10-minute sessions in during the day, it will benefit you almost as much as one 20-minute session. Updated guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services (2008), the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine (2007) state that moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking can be performed in 10 minute bouts for improved health. You just need to fit in a total of 2 Ĺ hours over the course of a week.

Make Time to Stretch

Flexibility training can reduce stiffness and promote fluid movement during walking and other activities. Stretching or range-of-motion exercises can be done just about anywhere, anytime - for example, while youíre at your desk or on the phone. Some stretching can even be done while waiting in line. Minimize back and joint stiffness by getting up from the computer and stretching/moving frequently during the day.

Television commercial breaks are about two to two-and-a-half minutes long, so this can be enough time for a good set of stretches. Stretch to the point of mild tension and hold it for 10-30 seconds.

Is One Time Better Than Another to Exercise?

It's really up to you. You can walk in the morning, afternoon or evening. Consider your personal schedule and energy level. Lunch breaks offer an excellent opportunity to get out of the office and exercise. Use your coffee break to take a short walk around the office. Get rid of the day's stress by fitting in a quick walk after work.

Whatever time you choose, make sure you stick with it. For some people, it's easier to stay with an exercise program when you do it with a friend or co-worker.

Make Time to Stay Healthy

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so donít put it off for another day. Just a few small changes can lead to big results if you stay consistent. You will be glad you did.