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Put your phone away while walking, researchers say

Women check their cell phones as they walk

Women check their cell phones as they walk on the sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, May 2, 2016. Photo Credit: AP

To get the most exercise value out of your daily walk, put your phone in your pocket.

Kent State researchers observed and timed about 1,000 pedestrians on a 50-yard stretch of walkway and found that 20 percent used a phone during the walk to either talk or text.

The phone users walked at a significantly slower speed, which researchers said “may sabotage the benefits” walking brings to cardiovascular health.

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