Did you know that the first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day? On this day, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to walk for 30 minutes to kick off a monthlong celebration of heart-healthy fitness.
You may have heard that 30 minutes of exercise a day is the “right amount,” but 30 minutes can be scary if you haven’t been on a regular routine of exercise in a long while … or ever! There are many studies to back up the fact that even 5 minutes of brisk walking starts to positively impact your blood pressure. It helps to manage stress in a healthy way. It impacts your metabolism and your immune system. Small doses of brisk walking can be the best way to get started.
You don’t even have to step outside. Just take four steps forward, four steps in place, take four steps backward, four steps in place and repeat until your morning coffee is ready, or do this routine after any meal.
The following plan is designed to ease you into adding 30 minutes of walking to your day. Give it a try!
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