Turn Your Walk into a Workout
As one of the simplest exercises, walking requires no equipment except for a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. Exercise physiologist Julia Valentour says, "Exercise doesn't have to be hard to be effective. The recommended 30 minutes can be broken up into two 15-minute sessions or even three 10-minute sessions, making it easy to weave into a busy lifestyle."
Weight loss isn't the only benefit of a walking program. Regular walking helps lower cholesterol, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, increases bone strength, and improves circulation.
You don't have to walk all at once. You can split it up. It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more at a time. If you use a pedometer, you might be surprised to see how many steps you take by simply doing chores and errands or by taking walking breaks during the day.
says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association.... (External Website)