Navratilova touts benefits of walking as an exercise

Martina Navratilova is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The powerful Prague-born player used her suprerior athleticism to dominate opponents throughout the 1980s, and now that she is getting older, she recently shared some easy exercise techniques with

While many people believe that strenuous exercises such as running, climbing or kickboxing are the most effective, the 53-year-old Navratilova suggest that simply walking at a brisk pace can provide older adults with an equally beneficial activity, but it is easy to do and allows for them to take in the scenery.

Navratilova touts benefits of walking as an exercise According to the news source, walking 150 minutes a week can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent.

For those who may find motivation lacking, Navratilova suggests that one wear a pedometer. She told the news outlet that counting one's steps offers an easy way to set and meet a goal, and challenging oneself can become somewhat of a game.

Reuters reports that walking may be especially beneficial to older women, as researchers found that regular exercise over the course of five years cut women's risk of bone fracture by 32 percent.

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