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Walk More, Walk Faster

CDC Report on Walking


Updated June 03, 2012

Along Lake Washington on the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon

Walking a Half Marathon

Wendy Bumgardner © 2009
As a fitness walker, do you walk far enough, often enough and fast enough to get the full health benefits of walking?

How Much is Enough?
The 1996 Surgeon General's report, Physical Activity and Health, recommended "a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity of moderate intensity on most, if not all, days of the week." The benefits are greatly reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and other maladies. Walkers have also been shown to live longer and live to a healthy, active old age in greater numbers than their couch potato friends.

How Much Are People Really Doing?
The CDC reports that Michigan Department of Community Health analyzed 1996 and 1998 BRFSS data and found that only 1 in 18 people who say walking is their chief exercise were doing enough.

  • 78% walked for 30 minutes or more when they walked
  • 34% walked at least 4 times a week.
  • 26% walked at moderate intensity (3.5 miles per hour or faster)
  • Only 6.7% met all three goals

How Can You Walk Enough?
Build your walking habit with our tools and online lessons.

Walk for 30 minutes or more:
Absolute Beginners Walking Tutorial
This step-by-step program gets you from zero to 30 minutes of walking with the right posture, form, and technique to enjoy walking for health and fitness.

Walk 4 days for more a week:
Build the Walking Habit

Setting your goals, planning your walks, tracking your progress and rewarding yourself.

Get a moderate intensity workout:
How to Walk Faster
If you need to build speed to get that "moderate intensity" walking workout, this tutorial shows you how to walk faster with good form.

Free 10-Week Walking Program
Walk of Life 10-Week Program
Our free program gives you a daily walking and exercise assignment, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, motivational tips.

Feel the Benefits
Walking Health Benefits

How to Walk More Walks

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