Walking for the Health

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TITLE: WALKING TO IMPROVE HEALTH

Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to start walking in order to improve their health.

Central Idea: Regular walking can improve both your mental and physical health.

Introduction: Let's be honest, we lead an easy life: automatic dishwashers, riding lawnmowers, T.V. remote controls, automatic garage door openers, power screwdrivers, bread machines, electric pencil sharpeners, etc., etc. etc. We live in a time-saving, energy-saving, convenient society. It's a wonderful life. Is it? While today's luxuries have been welcomed by the masses, they have also been accused of turning us into passive. Today I want to urge you to move off that couch and get your body moving. I want to persuade you to start walking.

Body
Need
I. Filipinos lead a sedentary lifestyle at the expense of their health. A. Adults watch between 15 and 18 hours of TV a week.

B. An article in the March, 1994 issue of Walking reports that there is evidence that our sedentary lifestyle is bad for our mental and emotional state of mind.

C. Our eating habits, combined with our lack of exercise is purported to be the "second leading non-genetic contributor to death in the Philippines"

Satisfaction
II. Fortunately, there is a simple, effective exercise that we can all do. A. This exercise is walking.
1. Walking for 20 minutes at a moderate pace 3 - 4 times a week is good for our physical and mental health. 2. Walking is an inexpensive form of exercise that requires no training.

B. Regular walking can reduce our risk for heart disease.
1. A 1994 article in Prevention reported that walking can curtail our risk for heart disease. 2. Walking enhances an enzyme that removes triglycerides from our bloodstream.

Visualization
III. We can visualize the benefits of walking by contrasting the lifestyle choices we have. A. We can take shortcuts in life and cut our life short.

B. Or we can choose to lessen our risk for heart disease and improve...
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