It may sound simple, but walking is the single most-effective form of exercise to achieve heart health, plus it has the lowest drop-out rate of any activity, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And, to make it easier for Minnesotans to take that first step, exercise physiologist Jenna Johnson says the AHA is offering tips via a website, www.StartWalkingNow.org. She claims that, almost immediately, people will notice changes if they begin a walking program.
"If people have not been very active, they are going to see some benefits right away. Even the day of the first walk you are going to feel better at the end of the walk. Taking a break at the end, you are going to feel more relaxed, more comfortable, but people will see benefits fairly quickly."