Fitness: Walking for Wellness
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy.
Experts recommend at least 2½ hours of Reference moderate activity Opens New Window (such as brisk walking, brisk cycling, or yard work) a week.Reference 1 It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
- If you're worried about how brisk walking might affect your health, talk with your doctor before you start a walking program.
- Start with a short-term goal. For example, walk for 5 or 10 minutes every day. Or increase your number of steps by 300 to 500 each day.
- After you've made walking a habit, set a longer-term goal. You may want to set a goal of walking briskly for at least 30 minutes a day or work up to 10,000 steps a day. You can try to do this 5 days a week or more.
- You can wear a pedometer to track your steps each day.
- To stay motivated, find a walking partner, such as a family member, friend, or coworker. Daily dog walks are also a great way to keep up your walking routine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science