Staying physically active not only helps you to maintain or lose weight but also reduces the risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, several forms of cancer, arthritis pain, osteoporosis, and also reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
You get all of that in trade for less than an hour of moderately intense aerobic activity a day. Sounds like a bargain.
While 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain for most people, a Duke University study found that to lose pounds, you need to exercise beyond the 30-minute mark. For example, 45 minutes of brisk walking every day burns an extra 300 calories every day, adding up to 30 pounds of weight lost in a year -- and that's without changing your diet.
Did You Know?
You can walk your way to being physically fit. An average sedentary person takes about 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day. Aim to add 1,000 extra steps a day to shed extra weight.