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Walking Could Add Years to Your Life

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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, a fifteen minute break later in the day-just to keep your heart pumping- keep your body moving," recommends Emily Vasey from Sanford Health.

Now that the colder temps are on their way, it may not be so 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, from Gold's Gym in Bismarck.

If you sit six hours a day or more, health issues are a lot more likely to arise. Vasey says, "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."

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

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