In any given week, 75 percent of Americans dont walk continuously for even 10 minutes.
But the act of putting one foot in front of another has excited scholars, poets and ordinary folks for millennia. St. Augustine declared about any dilemma: It is solved by walking. Charles Dickens insisted, If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode.
Ellen DeGeneres claims, My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Shes 97 now; we dont know where the heck she is.
And for years weve been telling you: Walking 10,000 steps a day can make your RealAge as much as 3.4 years younger.
Heres more info to motivate you to get out and find your stride: A new study says women who walk briskly for 210 minutes a week have a lower risk of stroke than inactive women (not surprising) and a lower risk than women who do high-intensity exercise for fewer minutes a week (surprising).
Seems energetic trekking has special benefits that add up the more you walk.
Here are four ways to get more walking in your day:
1. In the morning, head out for a 20-minute walk. Aim to cover a mile.
2. Always park at the far end of the lot. (Saves you on dents and scratches, too.)
3. Use your lunch hour to walk; enlist a buddy.
4. Take a nightly after-dinner stroll with a friend, family member(s) or both.
And get a pedometer. Youll be amazed at how soon youre hitting 10,000 steps a day.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.