Can Walking Briskly 10 Minutes a Day Really Make a Difference?

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Just a few weeks ago, researchers with Public Health England urged the populace of the UK to walk briskly for ten minutes everyday. The researchers found that an intense daily ten-minute walk could reduce the risk of death, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and some cancers.

The benefits of a daily walk are well-known, but until now, most agencies have recommended walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for a total of 150 minutes a week. Previously, researchers have found that the 30 minutes could be broken up into several shorter walks a day. 

But in a world that seems to become more and more "time-crunched," many are sure to welcome the idea that they can cram their daily exercise into just 10 minutes. What's more, people who thought a 30-minute walk might be too challenging may be more motivated by only having to walk 10 minutes a day.

The researchers recommend "brisk walking," or walking faster than your normally would, at a pace that "gets your heart pumping." And they have even created an app (One You Active Tracker) to help you out (available for free on iTunes and Google Play). The app monitors your time spent walking and tells you how many minutes were "brisk." It helps you with goal setting and daily motivation.  Or you could just use your FitBit.

So, what do you think? Is ten minutes a day enough? Or are you a firm believer in thirty minutes or longer? Would just having to walk 10 minutes a day motivate you? Let me know in the comments!

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