In the time it takes you to watch another sitcom re-run, surf the Internet, or play Angry Birds on your phone you could get your daily dose of exercise in.  Instead of plugging in or tuning out, take a 30-minute walk!  You’ll feel great and improve your health.

Based on a study published in The Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Americans only took 5,117 steps a day!  Compared to Australia (9,695 steps), Switzerland (9,650 steps) and Japan (7,168 steps) we have some work to do.  This difference in steps is only 30 to 40 minutes of walking each day.  Something so simple as a 30-minute walk each day could make all the difference in our health.  Countries that reported having higher daily step averages have much lower obesity rates (from 3% to 16%).  A sedentary lifestyle has led America to an unhealthy 35% obesity rate.

Read more about this study here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/the-pedometer-test-americans-take-fewer-steps/

Now, disconnect from your TV, laptop or smart phone and get moving!

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