We’ve all heard about the health benefits of a good walk every day. But if you don’t have 30 or 40 minutes for it, no sweat. According to Doctors Oz and Roizen, of Oprah fame, four 10-minute walking breaks can do more for your health than one 40-minute session on the treadmill.
They cite a study which shows that people who took four short daily walks got more blood pressure benefits than people who took a single long one. Those short walks reduced ones reduced systolic BP (the upper number) for 11 hours and diastolic BP (the bottom number) for 10 hours versus only 7 hours each for the long walks.
All the people in the study may have benefited more than average because they all had “prehypertension” – which means while they didn’t yet have high blood pressure, they were close enough to have an increased risk of heart disease. But walking can have a big payoff for everyone.
And it’s easy to step out for 10 minutes — that’s a walk around the block in the morning, a spin around the office parking lot during lunch, a loop through the grocery store on the way home, and another walk after dinner.