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Put walking shoes on for National Walking Day on April 2

Take advantage of your local park or bike math to find some place pretty to walk around.
Take advantage of your local park or bike math to find some place pretty to walk around.
(Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

CDC recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity per day. Now whether New Year's resolutions have been broken and that 150-minute weekly workout has been ignored is on an independent basis. But the American Heart Association is giving people another chance at fitness for National Walking Day on April 2.

A brisk walk is a sufficient daily workout for a moderate-level plan. At a moderate level, the heart is beating faster and taking breaths is a little faster than usual, but walkers can still hold a conversation. A vigorous level (jogging or running) workout is too active to hold a conversation. Another difference between the two is 140 calories burned for a half hour of walking versus 295 calories for jogging or running. Speedwalking at 4.5 miles per hour (mph) burns 230 calories.

For people who think walking isn't enough to keep off the pounds, try hiking to incorporate climbing plus a stroll, which is somewhere between the other two activities. Hiking burns 185 calories for a 30-minute workout.

More information on National Walking Day will come sometime this month. Click here for details.

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