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FALL 2016

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DW Life > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 41 Making strides for better health "Running or going to a gym to work out can be intimidating for some people," Dr. Newcomer says. "But regular brisk walk- ing offers numerous health benefits." Perhaps no other physical activity has more far-reaching health benefits. Walk- ing briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dia- betes as much as running, according to an April 2013 study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Life Sci- ences Division in Berkeley, California. All three conditions are risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and the American Heart Association notes that walking for 30 minutes a day can significantly lower these risks. "Walking is a low-impact exercise, which means it's also easier on the knees, hips, and heels than high-impact exer- cises such as running and aerobics," Dr. Newcomer says. Walking can also have a dramatic impact By Linda Childer s I f you're hoping to lose weight or improve your health, don't be sur- prised if your doctor says forget CrossFit or even jogging—instead, lace up your tennis shoes and go for a walk. Sure, we've all heard about the myriad benefits that come from being physically active, but it's not easy to follow through. e Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only half of all adults get enough physical activity to re- duce their risk of chronic diseases. To address this, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy launched a campaign last To Your Health DW Life > The Joy of Walking THINKSTOCKPHOTOS September to highlight the health benefits of walking, which for many is the easiest way of incorporating exercise into their daily regimen. Fortuitously, it is far and away one of the most efficient and com- prehensive forms of exercise for health. "We know that an average of 22 min- utes a day of physical activity—such as brisk walking—can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes," Dr. Murthy says. e best part is that walking is a univer- sal physical activity that nearly everyone can do, says Karen Newcomer, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

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