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Step lively with walking

With an emphasis on proper speed and form, a regular walking routine can make great strides toward improving your health.


A dedicated walking program can be your main source of exercise.
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Walking is the oldest exercise, but nowadays it tends to be recommended only for people who have trouble staying active, have mobility issues, or are recovering from an injury or surgery. Yet you should rethink the role walking can play in your overall fitness.

"We tend to take walking for granted," says Dr. Adam Tenforde, a sports medicine physician with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "However, approached the right way, it can be a primary form of exercise, and possibly protect you from cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer's disease."

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