Walking is a simple,
flexible and cost-effective way to exercise. And it’s perfect
for those who’ve been a little intimidated by workout programs
in the past. Here are some tips to make your walking program a
- Before you start walking regularly, talk to your doctor
— especially if you have a health condition or have not
exercised for some time.
- Choose comfortable, supportive shoes — such as running,
walking or cross-training shoes, or light hiking boots.
- Before you stretch, walk briskly for 10 minutes to warm
up your muscles and prepare them for stretching.
- Maintain a brisk pace that gets your heart rate going
but still allows you to talk comfortably.
- Practice correct posture — head upright, arms bent and
swinging as you stride.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking
to cool your muscles and hydrate your body.
- If you’re going for a long walk, include a cool-down
period to reduce stress on your heart and
Source: American Council on Exercise, 2004.