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National "Start Walking" challenge starts today

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KENNEWICK, Wash;--You might want to pack an extra pair of tennis shoes as you head out the door this morning for work. Today is National "Start Walking" Day.

The American Heart Association aims to get people walking at least 30 minutes each day... Two and a half hours total each week. They also want you to try to make up some of that time at work. And health experts say it's a lot easier than most people think to get some sort of exercise at work.

"Taking the stairs whenever possible. Parking further away. I even tell people every time the phone rings, stand up. If you have to answer the phone, stand up," says Exercise Physiologist Nathan Porter. "Then if you have to sit down to take your message and notes or whatever then do that. But if you're on the phone a lot it's a great way to at least get out of your chair every once in a while when the phone rings."

And the American Heart Association says walking is the easiest way to start getting people to live a healthier life and the best part is, it's free.

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