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Many of us have heard that a physically active life has many benefits. But what if running is too hard on our bodies or we cannot afford to be laid up on injury? Your physical activity doesn’t have to be extreme; it can be as easy as walking! Gordon Wood, MD, Pediatrics at NorthShore, suggests maximizing your efforts by walking at a brisk pace over a longer period of time.
Not sold that walking can be beneficial? Dr. Wood shares some surprising perks:
Before you hit the ground walking, ease into it just as you would with any other physical activity. The American Heart Association recommends getting in 150 minutes of physical activity a week – that’s 5 days of 30 minute exercises. If you cannot get 30-minutes of walking in at once during the day, break it up into three 10-minute sessions or two 15-minute sessions. The more you walk – and the faster you walk – the more benefits you’ll receive.
What tips would you give someone who just started walking for exercise?