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Walk it Out!

04/08/18

  09:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Walk it Out!

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The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, per week. That number may seem high, but don’t fret: AHA goes on to say that even short 10-minute activity session, such as a brisk walk, can add up to help to achieve this goal.

If you’re not used to frequently walking, begin with short distances. Though it is most commonly recommended to walk at least 10,000 steps per day, if you are below that, try adding just 1,000 steps each day, one week at a time, until you reach 10,000. So, if you walk 5,000 steps per day, try walking 6,000 steps per day for one week, then moving up to 7,000 steps per day the following week.

Sometimes, it’s hard to get in a walk during the day, but there are other creative ways to gain those extra steps. These include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to your lunch location, walking to talk to someone you would normally call or send an email to, and even parking your vehicle further out in the parking lot so that you must take more steps to get to your destination.

The benefits of walking go well beyond a number on your pedometer. The Mayo Clinic suggests that a daily brisk walk can help you to live a healthier life by improving your balance and coordination, maintaining weight and blood pressure, and even strengthening your bones and muscles.

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