Walking is a simple, flexible and cost-effective way to exercise. And it’s perfect if you’ve been a little intimidated by other workout programs. Here are some tips to make your walking program a success:
With any form of exercise, you should always stretch before and after in order to avoid injury. The longer and faster you walk, the more time you should spend stretching.
In addition to stretching, consider starting your walks (and your walking program) slowly. Unless you are already walking a lot, it may take a while before you reach the 10,000 steps goal.
Some walkers find that it is difficult to stay motivated after they’ve been walking for a while. You can keep your walking program fresh by walking in different places or at different times of the day. And remember – there are lots of unique ways to add extra steps.
Consider adding other walking routines to your day by organizing a lunchtime walking group at work, or a before- or after-work group with friends or neighbors.
Instead of watching television after dinner, get the whole family outside for a game of tag, Frisbee or a walk around the block.
Try not to get stuck in the "all or nothing" rut — even if you don't have time for a long walk.