Walking has gained acceptance as an excellent way to improve health and maintain healthy weight. It's safe, simple and cost-free, and it doesn't take a lot of practice. It's something you can do alone or with friends, indoors or outdoors, any time of the year.
While any increase in walking will help promote good health, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends 30 minutes a day, on five or more days a week, or 10,000 steps daily, to produce long-term health benefits for most individuals.
According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, walking one mile burns about 100 calories, depending on intensity, pace and speed. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, when done briskly on a regular basis, walking can:
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