Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Benefits of Daily Walking

Setting a daily step goal can increase the amount of walking you do by a mile.
Clip on a pedometer for good health, and set a daily walking goal of 10,000 steps a day. Setting your intentions and tracking your progress can help you go the extra mile — literally! Using a pedometer is a great way to assess how much physical activity you’re getting, but it’s only half the story.

A review in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who established goals and kept a diary of their progress boosted their daily mileage the most, walking, on average, 2,649 extra steps. That’s just over a mile a day.
For heart health, make sure at least 30 minutes of those steps are taken at a moderately brisk pace. An easy way to tell if your pace is fast enough: aim for 100 steps per minute, or 3,000 steps in half an hour.

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