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A Simple Way to Safeguard Your Health. Step by Step.

I've always been a walker. Maybe it goes back to growing up in a suburban neighborhood with sidewalks and where everything was within walking distance. I was also lucky enough to be in a beach community, with a 4-mile boardwalk that ran alongside the Atlantic Ocean. (Heavenly!)

Walking does so many things for me: it clears my head and makes me feel energized. Walking outside slows me down so I can look around and see all the things I don't see when I whiz by in a car, like the tiny buds about to explode of the tips of a tree, or the flowers that are just starting to push their way through the soil. And it's a perfect opportunity for bonding with another person. But besides all my reasons, health professionals have theirs.

Some say you'll gain two hours of life for every hour of exercise.

Others claim it wards off dementia and helps prevent obesity.

There are so many ways to get fit, and walking is just one of them. I think it's a pretty effortless way, don't you?

The American Heart Association has devoted a day in April devoted to walking, with tips to keep you walking healthy no matter what the day.

Later today I'm going to take a break from my writing and enjoy a walk...it's one step in the right direction to preventing the country's number one killer, heart disease.

Are you a regular walker? Where do you like to walk? What does it do for YOU?

Share your thoughts and tips here!

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