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How Long You Should Walk Every Day to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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According to guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services recently supported by the American Heart Association (AHA), adults should try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
 
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While 150 minutes of physical activity may sound like a lofty goal, experts say that if you break it down day by day, you could meet that goal by walking for about 20 minutes a day. 
 
The reality is that fewer than 1 in 4 adults are able to meet the recommended amount of physical activity, and certain groups—including older adults, females, and those in lower socioeconomic statuses—are even less likely to meet the goal.
 
How Much Do You Need to Walk?
A scientific statement published in the May issue of the AHA journal Circulation highlights that many people are not able to meet the recommended guidelines, and that many communities may not even be aware that a bit of daily walking can improve their health. The authors hope their findings will provide an opportunity to focus community efforts on physical activity programs in places where people need them the most.
 
The authors wrote that even though bringing awareness to the lower levels of physical activities in certain groups “will not address the underlying structural inequities that deserve attention,” it’s still important to promote physical activity—especially in adults with “both low physical activity levels and poor cardiovascular health.”
 
Experts say your daily 20-minute exercise goal can be cumulative: Walking throughout the day adds up.