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Secret Side Effects of Walking Just 30 Minutes Per Day, Says Science

ETNT Mind+Body Logo By John Anderer of ETNT Mind+Body | Slide 1 of 7: For many people, walking is about as simple as it gets when it comes to exercise and physical activity. And there's nothing wrong with simplicity. Humans' ability to stand up right and put one foot in front of the other quite literally separates us from our planet's fellow inhabitants.So it shouldn't be all too surprising that walking can be integral to maintaining good health. After all, early humans did a lot more walking than modern peoples. It's estimated that hunter-gatherers walked an average of six miles (!) per day. (All that footwork was done in the name of survival, not fitness.)Dan Lieberman, PhD, an evolutionary scientist at Harvard University, even goes so far as to call traditional modern exercise unnatural. "When people don't exercise, we label them as lazy, but they are actually doing what we evolved to do—which is to avoid unnecessary physical activity," he told The Irish Times. Now, this doesn't mean you should cancel your gym membership or throw out your free weights. But the fact remains that walking is a simple, easy way to meet daily physical activity recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults should get about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, which works out to 30 minutes of walking five days per week. What are some more specific health benefits linked to walking 30 minutes each day? Read on to learn more. And for more walking tips, check out: Try This 20-Minute Walking Workout to Get Fit and Burn Fat, Says Trainer.Read the full story on Eat This, Not That!

Secret Side Effects of Walking Just 30 Minutes Per Day, Says Science

For many people, walking is about as simple as it gets when it comes to exercise and physical activity. And there's nothing wrong with simplicity. Humans' ability to stand up right and put one foot in front of the other quite literally separates us from our planet's fellow inhabitants.

So it shouldn't be all too surprising that walking can be integral to maintaining good health. After all, early humans did a lot more walking than modern peoples. It's estimated that hunter-gatherers walked an average of six miles (!) per day. (All that footwork was done in the name of survival, not fitness.)

Dan Lieberman, PhD, an evolutionary scientist at Harvard University, even goes so far as to call traditional modern exercise unnatural. "When people don't exercise, we label them as lazy, but they are actually doing what we evolved to do—which is to avoid unnecessary physical activity," he told The Irish Times

Now, this doesn't mean you should cancel your gym membership or throw out your free weights. But the fact remains that walking is a simple, easy way to meet daily physical activity recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults should get about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, which works out to 30 minutes of walking five days per week. What are some more specific health benefits linked to walking 30 minutes each day? Read on to learn more. And for more walking tips, check out: Try This 20-Minute Walking Workout to Get Fit and Burn Fat, Says Trainer.

Read the full story on Eat This, Not That!

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