As with any new habit, whether it’s drinking more water or starting a meditation practice, learning to love running takes time. It’s pretty uncommon for things to feel effortless and breezy the first time a runner laces up, especially because there are many factors at play, from the temperature to the route.

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You may have heard walking 10,000 steps per day is the holy grail. While it’s a great goal, especially if you’ve been sedentary, it’s actually an arbitrary number that isn’t right for everyone. Some people may be able to surpass 10,000 steps easily. Others may feel intimidated by the number and decide not to make an effort if they feel like it’s unattainable.

Research shows health benefits to increasing your step count, even if you’re walking fewer than 10,000 steps per day.

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If you’re looking for an easy way to lose weight, getting started with a walking program is a great way to do it. It’s low-impact, easy to fit into a busy schedule and accessible for almost any age or fitness level.

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Regardless of age or fitness level, a dedicated walking program coupled with proper nutrition can be an excellent way to lose weight. To do it right and reach your goals, you’ll need to make sure you’re walking far enough, at the right intensity and paying attention to your diet.

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Walking can definitely move the needle when you’re looking to shed pounds, but it also has lots of other benefits, like fostering creativity, promoting heart health and improving balance. Another oft-overlooked benefit: Walking regularly can help you maintain your weight, especially if you’ve recently shed some pounds. For many people, maintaining weight loss is even more challenging than losing it in the first place.

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The body slows down naturally with age, and while you may have been able to lift really heavy weights, take regular HIIT classes, or run ten miles in the A.M. religiously in your 20s and 30s, it'll be harder to maintain those hardcore habits up when you're 50 and beyond. "As you age, your body experiences compositional changes like a decrease in muscles mass," says Steve Stonehouse, NASM, CPT, USATF Certified Run Coach and Director of Education for STRIDE. As the amount of muscle mass—as well as your strength and definition—continues to decline with age, your metabolism progressively slows down, too. "A slower metabolism leads to less energy in the day," he says.

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During the last couple of years, many of us have added a daily walk to our regular routine. But did you know you can turn it into a walking workout too?

Walking just for the sake of getting out of the house and getting in a bit of movement has become a go-to activity for lots of people. Walking can clear your mind, offer a change of scenery, and bring structure to often shapeless days.

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Despite the recommendations of pedometers everywhere, there's nothing scientific to the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day, for health or for weight loss. 

That magic number is an arbitrary one that originated as an advertising campaign decades ago.

While walking is great for your health, research suggests 7,000 to 8,000 steps might be a better goal.

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There are so many myths people believe when it comes to exercise. For instance, many exercisers think that you have to be literally sopping with sweat in order for your workout to be considered worthwhile at all. "The amount you sweat is very individual," Michael Fredericson, MD, a sports-medicine physician at the Stanford University Medical Center, recently explained to The Cut.

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The power of a good, brisk walk is a great starting point if you’re looking to improve your health. It offers numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower body mass index and waist circumference, just to name a few. Walking is also the easiest form of exercise you can do — all you need to get started is a good pair of walking shoes.

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DHA for Athletes – The Benefits

The essential omega 3 fatty acid DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) has been a topic of great interest lately in the athletic and sports nutrition community because of its astounding ability to support athletic performance in several different ways.

Multiple studies have shown that DHA can help improve reaction time, support muscle mass, improve recovery time after physical exertion or injury, and can also support a healthy inflammatory response. (1)

This essential fatty acid’s ability to support human health from a multitude of different angles has garnered many athletes and trainers lately.

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