College of DuPage Nursing Student Anna Yatskevich shared that according to the CDC, The physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity. This is not great news for many adults for whom the idea of incorporating physical exercise into an already full day of work, school or both, is less than desirable.
If finding the time of day is not an issue, many people are put off by the prices many gyms are asking for membership.
Fortunately, there is a solution that is not only free but can be done at your own pace. Walking is one of the easiest and possibly most relaxing ways of getting your daily exercise in. Not only will you reap great benefits such as decreasing your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, but it’s a great way to release the stress of the day and improve your mood.
It’s also a great way to shed some pounds as depending on your weight, walking at a leisurely pace of 2.5 miles per hour can burn approximately 600 – 700 calories in the prescribed 150 minutes of recommended daily exercise. So, go ahead; take the easy way out and get healthy!
“Physical Activity.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Feb. 2018, www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/walking/index.htm.