Part II - FITNESS & EXERCISE\u00a0 (following Part I - Food-Nutrition) "Walking at least half an hour, six days a week, can cut mortality rates from heart disease in half". (Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research). \u00a0 Cardiovascular disease is a serious health threat. Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from it.\u00a0 One of the safest and most effective ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness is by walking. Walking is an ideal, low-impact aerobic exercise. When done regularly, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, lower total cholesterol, raise healthy HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.\u00a0 It can help maintain healthy bones and muscles, stabilize blood sugar, improve immunity, and relieve some of the stress in your life.\u00a0 Thousands have realized the physical and psychological benefits of walking. That\u2019s why walking has become one of the most popular ways to stay fit.\u00a0 Another reason is because it is inexpensive\u2013\u2013all it takes is a little motivation and a comfortable pair of shoes. According to the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, men who walk at least half an hour, six days a week, can cut their mortality rate from heart disease in half, compared to those who are sedentary. Studies show similar heart-health benefits for women who exercise regularly. Now there\u2019s a good reason to make a lifestyle change! Exercise keeps us young\u2013\u2013it maintains a balance between life, stress, and health.\u00a0 Schedule 15 minutes a day, three days a week to start your walking program.\u00a0 Increase the days or the amount of time every four weeks until you reach your goal.\u00a0 For instance, your goal could be walking five days a week for 45-60 minutes a day. Create a goal for yourself and then make a schedule. Like everything else worthwhile, you can find the time if you want it bad enough.\u00a0 At first it is hard to start something new, but soon enough it becomes a habit and not an option.\u00a0 A healthy lifestyle should not be an option.\u00a0 When fitness becomes part of your lifestyle, major changes will be seen in your life.\u00a0 It is a healthy choice and a benefit to you and your family. Eat right, exercise, and get healthy! Take the first baby step to a new you.