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What are the health benefits of walking? TODAY launches a new plan

Are you sitting on your couch reading this right now? You’ll want to put on your sneakers and go for a walk once you’ve digested this article.

CLEVELAND— Editor’s note: The video in the player above was originally posted in a previous story on May 10, 2021.

Get out there and start walking today!

It’s NBC’s mission TODAY show is launching a new initiative known as “Start TODAY One-month plan” starting Wednesday morning.

It all starts with Al Roker stepping out of Studio 1A for “Walk the Rock” live during the broadcast. Her goal is to take 5,000 steps to show the simple – yet transformative – power of a daily walk to encourage others to do the same.

Health and wellness expert Stephanie Mansour will also be sharing segments throughout June related to the TODAY walking series with ways for NBC viewers across the country to engage socially.

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In February 2021, Roker was also part of the “Take a walk with TODAYchallenge in which he walked through Central Park to show the health benefits of walking – and he even involved 3News’ Betsy Kling as she unleashed a special surprise for Roker on live TV (watch this time below):


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“Walking, in my opinion, is probably the number one therapeutic intervention, or the number one recommendation that I can give to my patients who can do all of the above without any major side effects,” said Dr Roy Buchinsky of university hospitals at 3News. Last year.

His proposal? Start low and go slow, increasing your walking activity by about 10% each week.

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“You don’t have to start walking for 30 minutes at a time,” he explains. “Actually, you can split it up. You can opt for what I call ‘walking snacks’ or ‘exercise snacks’ where you take a 5-10 minute walk, preferably at a time. “

So what are you waiting for? Get out and start walking!