We are constantly hearing of the benefits of walking. It is such an easy way to get exercise, and has such a positive effect on the body and the brain. Walking helps to decrease the risk of heart disease and Type II diabetes. It helps relieve anxiety and lowers your BMI. The idea of 10,000 steps a day originated in Japan and the Surgeon General endorses this as a guideline to improve health.

First off, get a pedometer. They are readily available and are not an expensive investment. Once you see the amount of steps you normally take in a day, you can start adding to that to achieve the goal of 10,000 steps. If you feel like this is an unattainable amount, start  by increasing your usual amount by 20% each week, until you work up to 10,000 steps. You will start to see the benefits which is the best way to stay motivated. Have friends or coworkers get on board with this as well and you can motivate each other to improve your overall health. You’ll be glad you did!

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