Group of ladies walk for their heart's sake

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- April 2 is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day, but a group of women at the Medical University of South Carolina is getting a bit of a head start.

The group of women has made walking a part of their normal routine.

Walking is the most basic form of exercise, but also the easiest to squeeze in during the work day.

"I work down at CMH and to walk up here and back is about two miles and we can do that in about 35 minutes and still get back in time to have something to eat before our lunch hour is up and it's great," said Amanda Williamson.

Williamson is just one of a group of ladies that walks during her lunch break. She usually takes a walking lunch break a few times a week.

"It's something I look forward to everyday to get out of the office," said Williamson. "The fresh air, the sunshine and we get out to see all the different houses, the historic area here. It's like a cheap tour of the town because you walk by all these beautiful houses."

Rosanne Smith is the leader of this group that started walking together more than a year ago.

"MUSC had this National Walking Day and I went out and signed up to be a leader so I would be accountable and make myself go," said Smith.

And walking several times a week has had numerous benefits for all of the ladies, especially Smith.

"I have lost 28 pounds and have gone done two dress sizes. I'm doing more of a high protein type diet, but I'm not doing something through a weight loss center or anything like that," said Smith.

And her new healthier lifestyle is important not only to her, but her son.

"My son knows that I'm proactive as well. Not only is it that I'm encouraging him with a trainer to be healthy but I'm also modeling that same behavior," said Smith.

It's recommended by the American Heart Association that people exercise for at least 150 minutes a week.

"Your heart health is just dependent on you moving. You have got to get that blood pumping through your body and your heart is a muscle. You got keep it strong, and exercise is the best way," said Alicia O'Connor, and exercise physiologist at MUSC.

So, grab your sneakers and go walk, run, or bike all for your heart's sake. For more information on The American Heart Association's National Walking Day, click here.