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6 Reasons to Start Walking Right Now

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We all know that moving our bodies regularly and getting plenty of exercise is the best way to stay fit and healthy, but you don’t need an expensive gym membership or special exercise equipment to get in a good workout. One of the best things you can do for your body is to simply get up and walk! Even a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood can be good for you, and the benefits of walking go well beyond weight loss and fitness. Keep reading to find out the six reasons you should start walking right now!

6. Manage Your Weight

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If you’re one of the millions of people trying to lose weight, you should definitely add walking to your list of activities! In conjunction with a healthy diet, regular walking can help you drop the pounds or maintain your current weight, and walking can be incorporated into your day seamlessly, as well! Try walking during your lunch hour instead of driving to your favorite eating spot, or go for a brisk walk in the mornings to help energize yourself for the day ahead. Research shows that walking for just an hour per day can have a big impact on weight!

5. Prevent Serious Health Conditions

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Not only does walking help lower and maintain weight, but has also been shown to reduce your risk of several serious health conditions. From protecting against dementia to preventing osteoarthritis and lowering your cancer risk, walking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health! Walking has even been shown to help significantly reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease! Try replacing drives to nearby places with walking, instead, or consider getting a pedometer (many smartphones have apps that will count your steps, as well) and try to get in at least 10,000 steps per day to help ward off health complications later on!

4. Lower Blood Pressure

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Struggling with high blood pressure? While watching your diet can help, adding a walking routine to your daily schedule can work wonders for lowering those numbers. Make sure to walk at a fast enough pace to get your heart rate up and keep it there for at least a half an hour per walk. Studies have shown that a moderate-intensity walk is just as effective as running or jogging to keep your blood pressure in check. Talk to your doctor about how walking can help lower your blood pressure and how much walking you should aim for each day!

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