is one of the simplest and safest aerobic exercise you can do. It
will help you strengthen your bones, control your weight, and condition
your heart and lungs. Being consistent in your walking exercise
routine is one of the most important factors in developing a healthy
physical activity program. Research has shown that people who walk
approximately 20-25 miles
per week outlive those who don't walk by several years.
are some quick facts about walking:
every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes.
That's about a 2 for 1 trade-off!
extra 20 minutes each day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat per
To burn off
1 plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football
field. Think about that next time you dip your hand into a candy
bowl at someone's office!
daily walks (40 minutes at 60% to 65% maximum heart rate) are best
for losing weight.
Shorter, faster walks (20-25 minutes at 75% to 85% maximum heart
best for conditioning your heart and lungs.
much more preferable than running or jogging because it creates
less stress on your joints, including hips, knees, and ankles. Remember
to properly warm up before and cool down after every walking session...your
muscles will love you for it!