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May 8, 2009 • Fitness, Healthy Living

Now You Know

Assuming you are a non-smoker, engaging in regular physical activity is the most powerful thing you can do to protect your health and a hot-off-the-press report confirms a simple means to gauge whether your effort is enough to reap the extraordinary benefits. The latest guidelines urge all adults to engage in 30 to 60 minutes of “moderate” aerobic activity 5 days or more each week. For the average American, walking is the cheapest, easiest and most convenient means of doing so. In this new report, investigators found that “moderate” aerobic equated to walking about 100 steps per minute. So to do it right, simply count the steps you take over a 1 minute period of time and make adjustments as needed. The study’s lead investigator recommended that you keep the cadence of the Bee Gees’ 70’s hit “Stayin’ Alive” in your head as you walk to succeed in achieving this lifesaving rhythm (it is composed to 103 beats/minute).