Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Fitness Friday!

A lot of the times here on Fitness Friday I talk about really intense physical challenges. Running half-marathons, Insanity, high-intensity interval training. These require a fairly good standard of physical fitness and a substantial investment of time.

Today, I want to talk above a physical activity that almost everyone can do. Nothing that involves months and months of training. Something that I wish I did more regularly: walking.

It sounds so simple, but a nice walk can be the perfect way to be more active and enjoy the people and places around you. 20-30 minutes of light to moderate walking can decrease your risk of many common cardiovascular diseases (heart disease, diabetes, dementia) and help maintain your mobility later in life. Plus, it is a great excuse to enjoy a local park or that special somebody in your life (c’mon who doesn’t enjoy a romantic stroll!?).

Not being able to walk most places is certainly a downside of living in the suburbs of Boston. Back during grad school, I used to walk about 2.5 miles to work and then 2.5 miles back home from lab. I would meander through campus and the downtown green before making it to the med school campus. This brisk walk was the perfect way to wake my mind up before a day filled with science and to wind down after some of the more frustrating days in the lab.

So, put down that computer or tablet, and get out of the house for some nice walking. It is a guaranteed way to improve your health, fitness, mood, and overall wellbeing.

Go walk it out this weekend!

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Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F

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