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Walking in the Right Direction-Treat Your Body Well: It’s the Only One You Have


What physical activity burns calories, increases energy, strengthens bones, lowers the risk of health problems, and doesn’t cost a cent?

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Question. What physical activity burns calories, gives you energy, strengthens your bones, lowers your risk of health problems, and doesn’t cost you a penny?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

The answer is walking. If you want to be more physically active and are worried about costs to join a gym or not having time to exercise, consider walking.

I have a few suggestions for starting a walking plan:

  • As often as you can, find time in your busy schedule to walk. Walking at least 30 minutes most days of the week is key.
  • If you don’t have time to do it all at once. break it up and walk 10 minutes three times a day.
  • Keep a log of the date, time, and distance of your walks.
  • Remember to set goals and reward yourself. You’re heading in the right direction!

For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

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