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Today is National Start Walking Day

Put on those sneakers and take a walk!

Today is National Start Walking Day.  Not only can regular walking reduce risk for heart disease, it can be part of an exercise program to prevent colorectal cancer and support survivorship.

Thirty minutes of walking at a moderate pace has been shown to reduce risk of getting colorectal cancer.  Plus exercise after surgery for stage III colon cancer reduced the chances of its coming back.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests starting slow by walking for 30 minutes three days a week.

All adults should set a long-term goal to accumulate at least 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. This regimen can be adapted to other forms of physical activity, but walking is particularly attractive because of its safety and accessibility.

They also point out that you can combine several short periods of exercise during the day.

Start walking!

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