Just Walk.

Good news! You hear about new workouts all the time (Zumba, Barre, intervals, etc.), but if you just want to live longer, new evidence suggests that all you need to do is walk.

That’s right; researchers at the American Cancer Society recently published the results of a study analyzing almost 150,000(!) men and women over a 13-year period. Their biggest finding? People who did basically any amount of walking on a daily basis were less likely to die during those 13 years. This is interesting, because most public health organizations recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (like walking) per week, and these researchers did find that people who exceeded that amount had the lowest mortality (death) risk. But even those who didn’t hit 150 minutes were at a lower risk than those who were completely sedentary. So, at least for longevity, you don’t have to run a marathon or sign up for spinning. You just have to walk.

Oh, and you might as well do it outside, because some research shows that people who are more connected to nature are happier!

Tom LaRocca

Tom LaRocca, Ph.D., is a research associate and instructor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder.