Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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4 Ways to Walk More During Your Day

By Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Michael Roizen, M.D.   |   Friday, 01 Feb 2013 09:13 AM

In any given week, 75 percent of Americans don't walk continuously for even 10 minutes! But the act of putting one foot in front of another has excited scholars, poets, and ordinary folks for millennia. St. Augustine declared about any dilemma: "It is solved by walking." Charles Dickens insisted, "If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode." Ellen DeGeneres claims, "My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now; we don't know where the heck she is." And for years we've been telling you about the health benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day.
Here's more info to motivate you to get out and find your stride: A new study says women who walk briskly for 210 minutes a week have a lower risk of stroke than inactive women (not surprising) - and a lower risk than women who do high-intensity exercise for fewer minutes a week (surprising). Seems energetic trekking has special benefits that add up the more you walk.
Here are four ways to get more walking in your day:
1. In the morning, head out for a 20-minute walk. Aim to cover a mile.
2. Always park at the far end of the lot. (Saves you on dents and scratches, too.)
3. Use your lunch hour to walk; enlist a buddy.
4. Take a nightly after-dinner stroll with a friend, family member(s), or both.

And get a pedometer. You'll be amazed at how soon you're hitting 10,000 steps a day!

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