Thursday, February 3, 2011

Put Some Pep in Your Step

How's your walking?

Do you have a pep in your step?

According to the National Institutes of Health, how fast you walk might be an indication of how long you will live. So, get peppy.

If your walk has been more like a crawl, you may need to get in shape. Here are a few tips offered by the Weight-Control Information Network of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Check with your health care provider if you have any condition that might limit your walking.
  • Choose a safe place to walk.
  • Walk with a buddy or a group.
  • Wear the proper shoes for cushioning and food support.
  • Warm up, walk fast and cool down slowly.
  • Walk at least 10 minutes several times during the day.
  • Aim for at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.
Keep in mind that the more you walk, the more health benefits you are likely to experience. And the faster you walk, the longer you may live.

Have fun. Keep it safe. Be healthy.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Weight-Control Information Network; Walking. A Step in the Right Direction, September 2004.

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