Why Walk?

American Cancer Society Information

According to the American Cancer Society “One-Third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year are linked to diet and physical activity, including being overweight or obese, while another third is caused by tobacco products.”1


The USDA Choose My Plate recommends for adult aging 18-64, “should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level.”

American Heart Association Information

“Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by 2 hours.”
“Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.”
“Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve health.”


150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise( or a combination of both) 30 minutes for 5 days is the ideal goal to remember, but dividing your time into two or three segments of 10-15 minutes per day is still beneficial.

AHA Tips:

  • Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends)
  • Make it a routine! Exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle.
  • Keep reasonable expectations of yourself.
1. ACS. “American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention.” American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, 1 Nov. 2012. Web. 2 July 2014