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Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health
Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. Here's how to get started.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It's safe, simple and doesn't require practice. And the health benefits are many. Here's more about why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program.
Benefits of walking
Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:
Ø Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
Ø Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
Ø Lower your blood pressure
Ø Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
Ø Manage your weight
Ø Improve your mood
Ø Stay strong and fit
All it takes to reap these benefits is a routine of brisk walking. It doesn't get much simpler than that. And you can forget the "no pain, no gain" talk. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging.
Learn more walking tips including preparation, using the right gear, warming up, stretching, etc., by clicking on the far right download “Walking Info.” You may also utilize the “Campus Walking Trails” and track your progress with our “Walking Log.” Happy Trails!
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