Cardiologists' walking program in Troy sets people on the path to better health

October 11, 2019 06:52 PM

The easiest way to get exercise is to walk. The recommendation is to log about 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

If you need some encouragement, you might want to lace up your sneakers and "Walk with a Doctor." It's part of a national program that's going strong in the Capital Region.


On a shining autumn day, what could be better than getting outside and enjoying the sights? In fact, taking a walk is good for what ails you.

"The surgeon general recognizes walking as the most important exercise that you can do now," explained Dr. Robert Benton, a cardiologist at Capital Cardiology.

He's been leader of the pack, in a sense, since 2012, when he and a partner at the medical practice launched "Walk with a Doctor" - embracing a movement in more than 500 cities worldwide.

On the second Saturday of every month, the doctors lead a walk at Troy's Riverfront Park during the warm weather and at Robeson Gym on the Sage campus during the winter. This Saturday marks their 100th walk.

"Just walking 30 minutes a day five times a week is enough to change your life," he said. "Walking helps arthritis, walking helps any type of exercise, can decrease your risk of cancer, it can help your mood."

On average, he says 20 people join in the hour walk which covers about three miles at an easy pace - you're able to walk and talk.

You don't have to be a patient of Capital Cardiology - everyone is welcome - especially those who are having a tough time getting off the couch.

"So we do have people who have been here on walkers, who have been here on oxygen," Benton pointed out.

Once you embrace the pace, you're more likely to make other health changes.

Even the doctor isn't immune to the benefits. In recent months, Dr. Benton's dropped about 20 pounds.

"Removing things in my diet like refined sugars, sweets, candy. I like all those things too," he said.

If you want to take the first step to improving your health, you can walk with a doctor this Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. at Troy's Riverfront Park. Just lace up those sneakers and bring your smile.


Benita Zahn

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