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Experts Say Exercise is Important No Matter the Season

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Walking is one of the best exercises you can do to maintain a healthy heart and muscles, but while it's good for your body, walking can also have other benefits.

If you're like a lot of Americans, you spend the majority of your day sitting at a desk *not* moving.

"If you're working and you have a sedentary job, walk very often. Take at least three breaks throughout the day. If you can, take a fifteen minute break in the morning, a half hour break at lunch, and a fifteen minute break later in the day just to keep your heart pumping. Keep your body moving," says Emily Vasey, Sanford Health.

Now that the colder temps are on their way, it may not be very comfortable to walk outdoors. But, fitness experts are saying that walking indoors can be just as beneficial.

"You can dictate your own pace. You can dictate your own difficulty on the treadmills. And plus, you can bring an iPod in, watch TV, kind of go in a controlled environment, obviously a controlled temperature," says David Widdison, Gold's Gym.

And, Sanford Health employees say if you sit six hours a day or more, health issues are a lot more likely to arise.

"Studies say, if you sit six hours a day or more, you're going to increase your chance of cardio vascular disease by fifty percent," says Vasey.

"Any sort of health risk, you know, obviously, weight gain, cardiovascular issues that the state of North Dakota is famous for, you know. So, getting up, doing 20 to 30 minutes, even if it's just walking, will make the world of difference to your overall health," says Widdison.

The best way to incorporate healthy steps for a healthier life, is one step at a time.  So, get started.

 

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