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Looking to Shape Up for Summer? The Solution May Be the Steps You're Already Taking
Date:7/14/2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is officially here, and that means longer days and warmer weather are afoot. The season is also notoriously a time when people want to get in shape. Yet nowadays, hitting the gym can be daunting, especially with so many people pressed for time and money. But good news - there's an easy way to shape up for summer that's accessible, affordable and can accommodate even the busiest of schedules - it's walking. No wonder it's the number one fitness activity(1) for adults. And with the simple addition of a few fitness goals and a pedometer, you have everything you need to elevate your walk to a workout.

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Walk It Out

Many people don't realize the walking they already do each day is a positive step to help them get fit. In fact, studies have uncovered a long list of benefits from walking, including reduced body fat, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure as well as increased flexibility and mental well-being. It's widely recommended adults take 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of about five miles, which can be achieved by walking 30 - 60 minutes at one time or in multiple 10-minute increments over the course of the day.

Walking is also a key component to many fitness plans, including that of trainer-to-the-stars, Ramona Braganza, who's helped shape some of the hottest bodies in Hollywood from Jessica Alba to Halle Berry. "For me, being fit is a lifestyle. I'd be bored just going to the gym every day. That's why I always recommend walking to my clients as a great form of exercise," Braganza said. "Adding a few easy things into your daily routine can help you make sure that every step counts."

A Passion for Pedometers


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SOURCE Omron Healthcare, Inc.
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