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What's the recommended amount of physical activity for adults?
The US Surgeon General recommends accumulating 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Assuming that an individual gets 6,000 steps from their other daily activities, 30 minutes of walking can help one achieve a goal of approximately 10, ...more >
Which are the best cities for walking?
Prevention Magazine, in coordination with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), create an annual list of the best walking cities in the US. Some of the factors included in the ranking are: ...more >
I get bored walking. How can walking be more fun?
Make it interesting! Here are some tips to put more fun into walking and to keep you motivated to walk: Make it social -- Walk with friends, social groups, walking clubs, or combine walking with another fun occasion, ...more >
Why do people walk?
The 2001 National Household Travel Survey reports the following walking trip purposes: Trip Purposes as Percentage of Walking compared to Other Modes, 2001   Percentage of Walking Trips Percentage of Other Modes Social and Recreational 44. ...more >
Should adults get 10,000 steps a day?
The US Surgeon General recommends that adults get 30 minutes of activity (beyond typical daily life) on most days of the week. It takes roughly 2,000 steps to walk a mile, and two miles of brisk walking can be completed in 30 minutes ( ...more >
What is Active Living?
"Active Living" means being active as an integrated part of everyday life. It is both a lifestyle and a strategy to help those at risk for diseases that may be related to a sedentary way of life ( ...more >
What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $3,840,000 (2005 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 784 bicyclists killed in 2005 totals more than $ ...more >
Are there health risks to walking?
The health benefits of walking far outweigh the risks, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend following reasonable precautions to minimize and eliminate the risks associated with physical activity in general. ...more >
Is there widespread support for walking?
A national Surface Transportation Policy Project survey released in 2003 showed that many Americans are in favor of walking more places, and they are willing to invest what is necessary to make it possible. ...more >
I get sore from walking. What should I do?
First, consider whether there are any underlying health conditions that may attribute to muscle soreness. When in doubt, consult a healthcare provider. In general, however, like other physical activity, ...more >
Is it possible to walk too much?
Yes, but it is not very likely unless an individual has health-related limitations. Just like other types of physical activity, by building the length of time and the intensity of the activity over time, ...more >
How do I choose a pedometer?
There is a wide selection of pedometers, varying in degrees of accuracy, features, and price. In general, more expensive pedometers have more features and tend to be more accurate. However, a basic pedometer can cost $ ...more >
What are the health benefits of walking?
The health benefits of regular physical activity are far-reaching. Physical activity doesn't have to be very strenuous for an individual to reap significant health benefits. Even small increases in light to moderate activity, ...more >
How can I encourage others to walk for health reasons?
Walking is one of the easiest, safest, and most cost-effective forms of exercise. However, some people are reluctant to walk, despite the many health benefits . Read our section on Overcoming Common Perceptions and Barriers to Walking to understand some of these reasons, ...more >
How do I find comfortable walking shoes?
Remember, there is a difference in shoes designed specifically for walking and those designed for running. Finding the right walking shoes for you can enhance your performance and decrease your risk of pain or injuries from using the wrong kind of shoes. ...more >
Is walking outside better than walking indoors?
From a physical activity perspective , walking indoors on a treadmill and outdoors have mostly similar effects, though there is some difference in the number of calories burned and the muscles worked. ...more >
Do I need to stretch before I walk?
It is important to warm up before you begin walking. Increasing the temperature in your muscles and joints and increasing blood flow will make you more comfortable when you exercise and reduce the risk of injury. ...more >
Is it better exercise to walk with weights?
Most experts do not recommend walking with hand weights, weighted shoes, or ankle weights because they increase your risk of stress, strain, and injury to your muscles and bones. If your goal is to burn more calories, ...more >
How many calories do I burn by walking?
The calories you burn are equivalent to how much energy you use while walking, which is mainly a factor of your weight and the distance that you walk. A simple rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile for a 160 pound person. ...more >