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Time to get walking

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

Whether you get in your car to drive to work or work from home, walking is a great way to improve and maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, improves blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain/stiffness, and diabetes.

‘Brisk’ means that you can still talk but not sing, and you may be puffing slightly.

Try to make walking a routine – for example, try to walk at the same time each day. Remember, you use the same amount of energy, no matter what time of day you walk, so do what is most convenient for you. You may find that asking someone to walk with you will help make it a regular activity. Some people find that keeping an activity diary or log also makes it easier.

Just remember to wear the right footwear, warm up and cool down after – stretching will help to prevent muscular stiffness and injury. 

Make walking part of your routine!

Moderate activities such as walking pose little health risk but, if you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program of physical activity.