You may not be planning a cross country adventure on foot. But even a few minutes of walking a day is good for your health. Research shows walking can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight, or lose weight if you need to
- Prevent heart disease
- Lower the risk for a stroke
- Prevent or manage type 2 diabetes
- Improve mood
- Reduce stress
- Prevent certain types of cancer
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Live longer
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING BY THE MINUTE
Health experts recommend 30 minutes of walking at least 5 days a week for best health. Here’s what happens by the minute when you walk:
1 minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes.
10 minutes of brisk walking burns an average of 50 calories.
20 minutes of walking a day will burn an average of 7 to 10 pounds of body fat in a year.
30 minutes of walking 5 days a week cuts the risk for heart disease and diabetes in half
45 minutes of daily walking cuts the risk of catching a cold by 50 percent.
If walking is already part of your daily routine, keep it up. If you’ve been thinking about getting more exercise, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Get up and go for a walk. Now is always the best time to start.
With these tips, we hope you and your family stay safe, healthy, and vigilant!
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