Step to It!
Ways to add more healthy walking to your day.

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Want to find a workout that works? Take a step in the right direction by walking. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. Brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, at least five times a week, is good for the heart, may help reduce blood pressure and may also help you lose weight. Get this: Studies show that one hour of walking may increase your life expectancy by two hours. These simple steps will add more walking to your day.

Lunch Breakout: Pick out something new to explore each day near where you work, and set aside time over the lunch hour for a short walk to go see it.

Step Off: If you take the bus or train to work, get off at an earlier stop and walk the extra distance.

Hoof It: Leave the car in the garage and take care of nearby errands on foot.

Go the Distance: When you have to drive, park at the back of the lot. Even a short walk burns calories, and those short walks add up!

By Lori Storm, Editor
Created on 11/03/2011
Updated on 11/04/2011
  • American Heart Association. Get Moving. Where Do I Start?
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