30 reasons why walking is the best exercise – 24/7 Wall St.

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Americans are no longer ordered to stay home. Gyms and other facilities where people can work out have reopened across most of the country. This can encourage people who want to stay in shape or lose the so-called “forty 15” because, as research has shown, walking is often just as beneficial as a workout.

It’s easy to forget that walking is actually an aerobic activity. After all, about 7 billion people do it every day. It is low impact, simple, natural, accessible and has many health benefits.

A study from the University of Utah showed that the body can actually be tricked into walking. Walking is physically easier on the body, but the body still needs to absorb more oxygen than in a sedentary mode, providing the same benefits as running.

Not even a third of American adults exercise regularly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about 23% meet federal guidelines for aerobic activity and strength training. But people in some places are less active than others – these are the laziest cities in America.

The general rule is to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, according to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Breaking down the numbers, that’s 30 minutes five days a week. It seems like a small price to pay if you want to significantly improve your physical and mental health.

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