The One Thing Dr. Fauci Does Every Day to Stay Healthy

Fauci says this simple exercise improves his physical and mental health.

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If you've turned on the news at all in the past few months, you know who Anthony Fauci, MD, is. While Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), typically talks about how to stay safe and slow the spread of the coronavirus, there are some health tips from his personal life that we should also take into consideration. For one, Fauci and his wife, Christine Grady, MD, go power walking together every day.

In a recent interview with InStyle, the pair discussed the health benefits of this regular workout. "Since the pandemic began, I think we've been trying to walk every day, even if it's sometimes late in the evening," Grady said.

But this isn't just a quick and easy stroll around the block—the husband-and-wife team make an effort to get their cardio in during long walks. "I make exercise a significant part of my regimen," Fauci said. "Christine and I put in 3.5 miles of power walking every day."

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They've found that power walking is not only good for their physical well-being, but also for their mental health. "Power walking is very enjoyable and relaxing, and we look forward to it," Fauci said.

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Walking is one of the most popular methods of exercise, and it's a safe activity to do during the pandemic when most gyms are closed. (Just be sure to wear a mask and social distance from groups outside of your household.) Plus, walking is good for every part of your body: It lowers the risk of heart failure, improves brain function, eases back pain, and boosts your mood. But perhaps the most important side effect is that it can add years to your life. So, get up, get out, and get those steps in. It's the doctor's orders, after all.

And for more ways to have a better workout routine, This Is the No. 1 Way You've Been Exercising Wrong.

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