Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Myth: Walking for exercise doesn’t count.

Answer: Busted!

When we think of exercise, visions of gyms and exercise equipment often come to mind. But walking can be great exercise. Walking is something just about anyone can do. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a safe place to walk.

Walking can reduce your risk of age-related conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It can also reduce stress, control weight, build muscles, and increase your energy level. So let's move it!

You don’t have to focus on a structured walking program initially. A good place to start is by getting in more steps each day. Most Americans average 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day (about one to one and a half miles). Set a goal of working up to 10,000 steps (about five miles) over time. Try a pedometer to monitor the number of steps that you get in and watch your step count climb.

Regular physical activity will help keep you healthier throughout your life. It’s never too late to start but you should check with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program. Let's get walking!

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