If you’ve done a 5K before, you’re familiar with the feeling—you know, the rush of endorphins and the sound of loud celebratory cheers as you cross the finish line and officially complete your walk or run. Granted, that’s not considering all the prep that goes into completing one. First things first, it all depends on the specific location where it’s being held, and if you don’t live nearby, you’re probably going to have to leave extra-early just to arrive on time. And that’s not even considering parking and other day-of logistics that can really throw you off your game, even before you get started. Who wants to start their 5K experience that way?
So How Does It Work, and Where Exactly Is It?
That’s the beauty of it: You get to pick. On October 5, join Prevention and Fitbit for the ultimate 5K—where you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and your walking or running partners. And the best part? It’s free!
Can’t do it on October 5? No worries. You can still sign up here, get your official T-shirt for $35, and wear it while you train—and during your 5K at any time throughout the month of October—to join in on the fun.
Why Should I Walk?
Now for the most important question of all: Why does it matter? Well, for a whole host of reasons: Not only can walking improve your mood, it benefits your brain—studies show that it increases blood flow to the brain and may even improve cognitive functioning. In fact, putting a little pep in your step every day has been proven to help lead a healthier life overall. In addition to helping maintain a healthy weight, a daily brisk walk of at least 30 minutes can also aid in strengthening bones and muscles, improving balance and coordination, and even managing heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that at Fitbit we believe in a magical goal of 10,000 steps a day—and with good reason. 10,000 steps adds up to five miles each day for most people. When you complete your 5K (whether you walk or run), you’re getting yourself on the right track to hitting that magical goal. After all, chances are those aren’t the only steps you take that day!
Join the Virtual Walk community now by registering here. Registration ends October 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT. Sign up now!
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.