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Walking—good exercise?  Benefits from experts.

Walking 2,000 to 10,000 steps a day reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and premature death by at least 10%, according to two JAMA studies.

Is walking good for you?

Walking is a low-impact, easy-on-the-joints activity, making it a wonderful alternative for persons with knee, ankle, or hip problems," explains Austin "Ozzie" Gontang, PhD, a licensed psychologist and director of the San Diego Marathon Clinic. 

Is walking good for you?

"Accessible to everybody and easy to include into your everyday routine," Gontang says, walking requires no equipment, gym membership, or training.

Is walking good for you?

Walking increases metabolism, lowers cholesterol, lowers stroke risk, strengthens bones, and boosts energy. 

Further benefits of walking?

"Walking strengthens lower body muscles, which can relieve knee and hip arthritis pain," says Stanford University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation director Michael Fredericson, MD.

Further benefits of walking?

The JAMA study also found that walking 10,000 steps a day cuts dementia risk by 50%. "Walking reduces the chances of other chronic conditions like diabetes," says Gontang.

Further benefits of walking?

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Fredericson says, "Walking won't give you as much aerobic exercise as running, but it has been shown to raise your heart rate enough to count as meaningful exercise."

Is walking enough to keep you fit?

The CDC advises 150 minutes of "moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking" every week, or 30 minutes per day.

Is walking enough to keep you fit?

And if you want a more difficult workout, Johnson says, "walking can always be made more difficult by adding intervals of faster walking or by adding hills or inclines."

Is walking enough to keep you fit?

Walking can help you lose weight. Fredericson believes walking burns calories and helps you lose weight because it raises your heart rate and works different muscle groups. 

Can walking help you lose weight?

He adds, "Even if you don't sweat, you're still burning calories." According to Gontang, "a vigorous stroll can burn up to 300 calories each hour."

Can walking help you lose weight?

Johnson agrees that walking is a good way to get in shape, but he says that "Most of the time, a healthy lifestyle is the best way to lose weight.

Can walking help you lose weight?

Gontang emphasizes that everyone's fitness level and goals are different. "Talk to a doctor or trained fitness professional about a safe and efficient diet or exercise regimen."

Can walking help you lose weight?

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