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How to walk your way to good health
Tuesday, 21 July · 2 min read

When deciding on a workout, you may consider the gym, going for a run or taking a class. But a choice that’s often forgotten about -- and underappreciated -- is simply going for a walk.

Whether you’re looking to ease into getting fit or deciding on your main form of exercise, it may help to know that walking has many health benefits -- both physical and mental.

You could make it one of the main ways you get around, particularly if you’re looking to avoid public transport at the moment.

Going for a brisk walk can:

  • help you maintain a healthy weight
  • reduce your risk of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • strengthen bones and muscles
  • improve your balance and coordination
  • improve your mood

The more you walk, the greater the benefits. Just 20 to 25 minutes a day can make a difference. This would add up to the 150 minutes of moderate activity advised for adults to do each week. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that provide enough support for your feet.

You may be more likely to meet this goal if you fit walking into your daily routine. Consider walking to work or the shops, or walking your kids to school instead of taking the car.

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After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.

George Macaulay Trevelyan

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