Walk This Way to Fitness
Walking Offers a Variety of Benefits With Few Risks
- Walking is inexpensive, requiring little equipment other than a pair of sturdy shoes. There are no fees to pay, no courses to drive to, and it is easy to do.
- It is one of the safest forms of exercise. Walkers stand little chance of developing shin splints, tennis elbow, or torn muscles, cartilage, or ligaments.
- Walking is one of the most efficient, low-impact workouts available.
- Walking offers the same long-term benefits of any exercise, like lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of osteoporosis, and possibly lowering the risk of certain types of cancers.
- Walking may also reduce the discomfort of the commonest forms of arthritis. In addition it can help with weight loss, one of the most commonly recommended interventions for osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects the knees and hips.
Start Slow and Build Up
Find a Friend to Walk With
Use a Pedometer
Keep a Log
What You Can Expect
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President's Council on Fitness http://www.fitness.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.com
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2015 -
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