There's no easier way to feel better, get in shape, slim down and enjoy the outdoors than walking. And no need to pay gym fees, buy fancy equipment or schlep across town. Here's what you need to know to get started.Try Our 4-Week Walking Plan
Sure, you walk every day, but walking for exercise is more demanding than a stroll around the house. Hitting the pavement puts you at risk for pitfalls ranging from darkness to dehydration. Be a savvy walker, and follow these tips to keep you safe—and keep you moving.
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How can I stay motivated with a walking and exercise program?
Motivation is something we all struggle with from time to time. To stay motivated in a walking program you can mix up your route every once in a while. There is nothing more boring than seeing the same thing everytime you walk...
- Q How can I fit a walking schedule into my busy day?
- Q What foods should I eat when starting a walking program?
- Q How can I set walking goals?
- Q How much walking do I need to do to lose weight?
- Q How can I stick to a walking routine?
- Q How should I warm up before walking?
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- Q How can I build up to walking 10,000 steps a day?
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- Q How can I make my walks more effective?
Walking Action Plans
If you're ready to boost your fitness and walk to better health, follow our action plans to start on the right foot.
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Chicken Yakitori Satay Style
This time-saving dish is full of flavor -- and protein to help fuel your workout. Have it with steamed rice two to three hours before walking.
Best Snacks for Walking
Boost your recovery with a high-protein snack after your walk. Nuts, hummus, and yogurt are all good choices to satisfy your post-workout hunger.
When I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 13 years ago, my doc gave me an overview of the disease, prescribed a few drugs and assigned me to a nurse educator. It was a quick session for such a major life change, but as I was leaving he offered up a nugget of advice that’s stuck with me: “Start going for walks…”