How much do you walk everyday?

Walking

If you can answer this question, congratulations!!…you walk, or at least try to. Better yet, if you know how much time you spend briskly walking, you’re among 66% of adults who are conscious of their health/fitness.  A recent survey found that ~33% of adults in the U.S. and the U.K. have no idea how much they briskly walk every day. If you don’t know how much time you spend walking, you probably do not walk much at all.

We know that physical inactivity kills – it is directly linked to obesity and its associated diseases. Doing any form of moderate physical activity for at least 150 minutes a week is enough to get you out of the sedentary population (~26.2% of adult Americans reported living sedentary lifestyles in 2012). How can you get in some exercise?…at least the minimum amount?

Start by incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine. Moderate and low stress exercises like walking and cycling are easy to squeeze in. Take public transport (if you have access to reliable public transit like I do here in Chicago) instead of driving – it could help you shed about 6 lbs a year! You can walk to meetings, take the stairs, walk your dog etc. Also remember that exercise is meant to be fun so spice things up: dance, play for your local sports team etc. Find the one for you and get moving (or shaking)!

It’s important measure and record to stay motivated and on track. Use one of many apps, like Fitbit, that track how much you walk, eat, sleep etc. You’ll at least know the answer to this post question 🙂

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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