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Actually The Game-Changing Health Benefits of Walking for Just 10 Minutes a Day

What you might not know? Even micro strolls come with cardio perks. Challenge yourself to one of these goals every day. Going out on a limb here, folks, but we figure you know the benefits of walking.

Walk two minutes per hour and…
Live longer! Spending just 120 seconds each hour moving instead of sitting may lower your risk of dying younger by 33 percent, found a recent study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Walk five minutes per hour and…
Burn up to 1,000 extra cals in a week, according to research from the University of Utah. When you add it up, in a 16-hour day (we’re assuming you sleep for eight) you’re clocking 80 minutes of light activity. (Want to get in shape, fast? Check out Women’s Health’s Ignite routine created by Next Fitness Star Nikki Metzger.)

Walk 10 minutes a day and…
Safeguard your arteries. Six hours of sitting restricts blood flow to your legs, which may up your risk for arterial disease, a precursor for heart attack or stroke. Just 10 minutes of walking may protect you, a new study shows.

health benefits of walkingImage by Alyssa Zolna

This article was originally published in the June 2016 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.

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