Walking is one of the best exercises for your body, a Harvard doctor reveals

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For people who are filled with dread at the prospect of going to the gym, then you're in luck...

A Harvard doctor has revealed that walking is one of the best forms of exercise for your whole body, the Metro reports.

We were already aware of the wonderful physical and mental health benefits of walking, but now the professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor I-Min Lee, believes that it's one of the best things for weight loss, muscle building, bone strengthening and improving heart and brain health.

Writing in a Harvard Medical School health report called Starting to Exercise, the professor also reveals that walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes every day can boost brain function, and strengthen the area of the brain connected to memory loss. Studies have also shown that it can improve depression.

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Here are the four other exercises that are great for the whole body, according to Lee…


Swimming works every muscle in the body, reduces stress, and as it's low-impact, ideal for people with weak joints.

Tai chi

This slow and calming exercise is great for focusing concentration and reducing tension. It can also help older people practise balance.

Strength training

This involves weights and resistance training, including push-ups, and can help build muscle. Weight training strengthens your body and leaves it less open to injury.

Kegel exercises

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor so are perfect as we get older. Lee suggests doing the exercises up to five times a day - just contract your muscles for two to three seconds, then release. Repeat this 10 times.

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