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We all know that we’re supposed to get exercise in every day, but that’s often hard to do. However, you don’t have to splurge on a gym membership or sweat out your hair every chance you get to get the benefits of daily exercise.

If carving out an hour or more of your day to get healthy has been putting you off of exercising altogether, you might be surprised to find out that just a little bit of activity can have a big impact on your life.

Walk for just 20 to 30 minutes a day and you can enjoy some pretty amazing health benefits. It will not only help you live longer, but live (and look) better now.

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You Can Perk up Your Behind

This daily exercise is great for your glutes — especially if you walk uphill or use the stairs to get to work.

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You Might Skip Your Winter Cold

Walking outside in the sunlight raises your levels of immune-boosting vitamin D, which Black people are often low in.

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Your Waist Pulls a Disappearing Act

Daily walks are great at targeting belly fat and toning the muscles in your core. When you make the practice a habit you will notice your waistband getting looser.

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Your Mood Will Change

Did you know that walking every day is as good for your mood as taking an anti-depressant? When work is taking over your schedule and you start to feel down, a brief walk is a great reason to spare 30 minutes of personal time a day.

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You Can Quit Coffee

Making time to walk every day really boosts your energy levels. That means having enough verve to get through the workday even if you skip out on your daily Starbucks run.

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Your Heart Is Healthier

You can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure by 30 percent (even if it runs in your family).

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Less of a Chance to End up with Diabetes

A half hour of walking a day makes you 60 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

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Your Cancer Risk Goes Down

Your chances of getting colon, breast or uterine cancer go down by 20 percent.

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You Feel the Burn

Walk at a brisk pace and you can burn 150 extra calories a day. Do that every day and you can lose an extra two pounds a month, or save up the calories to splurge on a snack at that new bakery you’ve been stalking on Instagram all week.

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You Get More Creative

A long walk isn’t just a great time to be active, it’s also the perfect time to brainstorm ideas. Keep it up every day and you will be better at accessing your creative side whenever you need it.

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Your Legs Will Look Amazing

And not just because they’re more toned. Walking every day can reduce your risk of developing varicose veins.

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You Will Have “Regular” Trips to the Bathroom

Whether you’ve been backed up, going too often, or suffering from extra bloat, walking every day has a great reputation for balancing your digestive system out.

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You Will Reach More of Your Daily Goals

Committing to getting something done every day, like going for that walk, has a way of inspiring you to conquer other goals in your life. Enjoy the benefits of rising to a challenge.

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Your Bones Get Stronger

Bones are living and growing, and walking keeps them strong. Women start to lose bone mass as early as age 30, so it’s time to get moving.

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