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Walking for your heart? Why speed matters

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Many of us already know walking is one of the best exercises we can do, but now a new study says it's not necessarily the distance you walk, but how fast!

So many studies say walking 30 minutes a day can have an impact on your health,  
but new research shows if you pick up the pace, you can cut your risk of metabolic syndrome. 

In the study out of Denmark, of ten thousand adults those who were walking briskly or jogging cut their risk of metabolic syndrome by 50%. Those who walked at a casual pace did not impact their risk.

Metabolic syndrome describes a bunch of risk factors that lead to diabetes or heart disease. Those factors include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high blood fat level and belly fat.

How fast do you need to walk to make a difference?  Like you're rushing to catch the bus.  You should feel a little breathless and warm when your blood is pumping and that's  you're making a difference.

The findings are published in the medical journal BMJ Open.

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