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30 Reasons Walking Is the Best Exercise

24/7 Tempo Logo By Hristina Byrnes and John Harrington of 24/7 Tempo | Slide 2 of 31: As we age, our bones become weaker, but walking regularly can strengthen them. As we walk, we increase stress on bones -- and some of the cells building the bones, called osteoblasts, respond to stress. Low-impact walking can also help prevent bone density loss. You can build even better bone mass by race walking, doing some jogging when you walk, or by adding weights such as ankle weights.

1. Stronger bones

As we age, our bones become weaker, but walking regularly can strengthen them. As we walk, we increase stress on bones -- and some of the cells building the bones, called osteoblasts, respond to stress. Low-impact walking can also help prevent bone density loss. You can build even better bone mass by race walking, doing some jogging when you walk, or by adding weights such as ankle weights.

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