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Cardiologist: Top 10 Health Benefits of Walking

By Dr. Nelson Trujillo, Boulder Heart Cardiologist and Lead Physician, BCH ‘Walk-With-A-Doc’ Program

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Did you know that one of the best forms of exercise you can do is walking? The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes per day of physical activity for adults – and walking counts!

All you have to do is lace up with a good pair of sneakers — and walk. It’s that easy. It’s also safe, the least expensive and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.

Walking also has serious health benefits:

  • Reduces heart attacks (by 86% combined with other factors)
  • Strengthens heart muscle
  • Strengthens lungs
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces chances for colon cancer
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol)
  • Strengthens and develops muscles
  • Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes

Join me for our next ‘Walk with a Doc’ event on Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 am at North Boulder Park. Visit for more information and upcoming program dates.

Hope to see you there!