Health Watch - Exercise: Walking for Weight Loss

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the benefits of exercise, as well as how you can get enough exercise at this time of year. Exercise is a great way to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and that’s important during the holiday eating season.

You don’t have to start an elaborate exercise program or join a gym to hold off holiday weight gain. Dr. Linda Michalsky, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says just walking can do a lot of good. When you get together with your friends, go for a walk as you chat instead of eating. Or take a walk with your friends or family after a holiday meal. Look for other ways to add motion to your life, like parking away from the mall entrance and walking, making a lap around the mall before you start shopping or taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Wear a pedometer and make a goal of increasing the number of steps you take every day.


November 2010

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