Magazine article Work & Family Life

Walking for Fitness and Healthier Hearts

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Walking for Fitness and Healthier Hearts

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Experts at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute have estimated that as many as 60 percent of American women are sedentary and one out of three adults gets no physical exercise at all. But it's never too late to start--and many older people who've had a "wakeup call" are amoung the most committed to their exercise regimes. Simply making, a decision to be more active is an important first steo; the next is to talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that will work for you.

Researchers have found that women, in particular, can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by just three hours a week of brisk walking, according to a report, in The New England Journal ofMedicine, based on the Nurses' Health Study at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. This study is following tens of thousands of healthy women from ages 40 to 65 to determine their risks of certain diseases.

Walking is by far the nation's most popular fitness activity and almost everyone can do it safely. …

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