Are you walking fast enough?

Studies have shown that many of us aren’t getting the fitness boost we think we are

Moderate exercise provides proven heart benefits, but you may have to pick up the pace to earn them. Left to our own estimates of what’s fast enough, studies have shown that many of us aren’t getting the fitness boost we think we are.

 

To find the best speed, researchers from San Diego State measured energy out-put as 97 people walked on a treadmill, then translated the participants’ speeds to a formula we can all use.

 

The right pace?

About 100 steps a minute, says lead researcher Simon J. Marshall, Ph.D. So, load your iPod with songs that set the tempo and get walking! (Check your pace with a pedometer.)

 

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