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Walking

Why Walk?

Walking is one of the best, most convenient fitness activities. With a good pair of sneakers, virtually anyone can do it. Need more reasons to get off the couch and get moving?

You'll live longer. During a 12-year study, retired men who walked more than 2 miles a day lived longer than those who walked less than a mile a day. Only 23.8% of the 2-plus miler group died during that time while nearly double that (40.5%) died from the other group (New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 8, 1998).

You'll trim your tummy. Walking 4 or more hours a week reduced women's risk of gaining weight around their waists -- a common problem as they get older-by 16%. Researchers tracked more than 44,000 women for 10 years (International Journal of Obesity, vol 21, 1997).

You can halt osteoporosis. Women over the age of 50 who currently walk (or cycle outdoors) for more than 30 minutes a day are 20% less likely to develop dowager's hump as a result of osteoporosis (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, vol 12, 1997).

You can improve your eyesight. When a group of sedentary folks started a regular walking program-40 minutes, three times a week, at a brisk pace-those with glaucoma reduced their eye pressure by 20%. Folks without glaucoma saw a 9% reduction in eye pressure. Glaucoma, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the US, results from an increase in eye pressure (American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting, Oct 1997).

Bottom line: Start walking today, even if it's for only 5 minutes. Then slowly work your way up to about 35 minutes a day to reap these and many other benefits.

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