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You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership and drive yourself to the edge to feel better.

Research shows that simply walking for as little as 5 minutes a day can help you combat some of the things that develop as we age. For instance:

Arthritis: Walking at a leisurely pace can help ease the pain of arthritis as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs! It strengthens muscles that support the joints can help you shed pounds and reduce joint stiffness. Experts recommend starting out with a 5 min walk 5 days a week, gradually building it up to 30 minutes a day. If you feel worse 2 hours after completing your walk, take a less intense walk the next time.

High Blood Pressure: You may need to walk a bit longer to see a reduction in blood pressure. Aim for at least 1-and-three-quarters of a mile most days of the week. Again, you don’t need to exert yourself – a leisurely pace is fine.

Insomnia, Depression, Osteoporosis and even Diabetes can all be helped by a daily walk.

As always, before you begin any exercise regimen, consult with your physician.

Besides Diana Ross, what other two girls made up the original Supremes?

Flo Ballard and Mary Wilson
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