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Benefits of Walking

road sign of pedestrianWe all know exercise is good for our health. But somehow, keeping up with an exercise program is still a challenge.

Fortunately, walking is a great form of exercise that can be done by people of all ages, almost anywhere, without special machines or equipment. All you need is a good pair of shoes and some open space.

Walking can lead to improved brain function, a better night’s sleep, greater muscle tone and stamina and lower blood pressure. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins that reduce pain and give an overall good feeling.

Walking one mile will burn about 100 calories, which can help with weight loss or weight maintenance. It may not seem like much, but every step counts.

Use walking as a time to think or relax. If you walk with a partner, you can catch up on the events of the day or just share time together.

Most experts recommend walking 30-60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If walking that much at once doesn’t fit your schedule or if you tire quickly, split your walk up into shorter sessions of 10 minutes each.