Walking and cardiovascular disease
According to a new study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, Calif, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running.
The findings are consistent with the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity in adults that we need 30 minutes of physical activity per day, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week to derive benefits.”
It’s step by step process, like set a reachable goal just for today. Then you can work toward your overall goal of 30 minutes a day by increasing your time by 10-10 minutes a day.
And if you’re busy — like most of us — you can split up your walks into 10-15 minutes each.
Before you know it, brisk walking can become a part of your daily routine. And you’ll reap plenty of benefits:
For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours.
Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day improves your heart health.
Maybe you’ve been sedentary for a while. No problem.
“Just get started, “even if it’s a few additional minutes per day.”
On Your Mark, Get Set … Walk!