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Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking can reduce your risk of a heart attack by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Moreover, a regular walking program can help you manage your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, walking regularly can improve your body's ability to process sugar, lower your blood sugar, reduce your risk of heart disease and help you live longer. Walking also is a great weight management tool; middle-aged women who walk more than 10,000 steps a day have lower levels of body fat than do women who are less active. Walking will also help you stay strong and active as you age, or just when you're not feeling in top form. A brisk walk is also a good remedy for stress and feeling blue. Remember to maintain good form while talking – keep your body in alignment, tighten your core muscles, and have all of your movement originate in your core. Also, use a pedometer to measure your distance. When walking for fitness, you will get a more effective workout, and you will optimize all the physical and mental benefits of your workout.