The news about walking just keeps getting better. Not only does it help you burn calories-about 100 per mile-and give your heart a workout, but a recent study at the University of Illinois suggests that regular walking might even make you smarter by improving the connectivity of important brain circuits.
The American Heart Association recommends that you aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week. But getting off the couch can be a challenge. One solution? Join a walking group-or start your own. Being involved with a walking group applies a helpful does of peer pressure that inspires you to walk more regularly and go longer distances-resulting in more calories burned.
So, reach out to your friends, neigbors, co-workers, relatives and start