Powell Wellness Center is again hosting Walk 10K, an annual worldwide walking challenge that in 2019 will take place May 6-12. Participants in Walk 10K are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day for a total of 70,000 in a week. The walking challenge is open to individuals and groups of all ages including schools, businesses and clubs.

Walk 10K is sponsored by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) to promote walking as a low-impact physical activity with many health benefits. As a member of the MFA, Powell Wellness Center hosted Walk 10K in 2017 and 2018, leading to a grand total of 74,000,000 steps – shout out to local walkers who contributed to that amazing total!

The benefits of walking are many, including reduced risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing cholesterol, improving blood pressure, and promoting weight loss. Walking also helps build stronger bones and muscles and improve balance. Moreover, it costs nothing, is low impact, is appropriate for all ages, and can be done anywhere. Walk around your home, walk on a local path, walk around the block … every step counts.

Register and report your steps to Powell Wellness Center to be entered in a drawing for prizes. This year, prizes include passes to Culpeper Sport & Fitness for small group personal training and pickleball, and personal training sessions, adult swim lessons, smoothies and logo water bottles from Powell Wellness Center.

If you are interested in participating, you can sign up at Powell Wellness Center or by emailing walk10k@culpeperwellness.org between April 29 and May 6, 2019. Step tracker cards will be available after April 29. Questions may be addressed to Powell Wellness Center fitness manager Patrice Barklund at pbarklund@culpeper wellness.org or 540-445-5395.