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What are tips for walking for exercise?

Here are some tips when walking for exercise:

  1. Walk with a partner – they provide motivation and encouragement
  2. Walk with purpose  - walk faster if you can.
  3. Walk with resistance – carry light dumbbells and move your arms
  4. Walk with a goal – set a distance or time goal and strive to reach it
These quick tips will put an extra spring in your step when you are walking for exercise:
  • Stretch for 5-10 minutes before and after every walk.
  • Keep a good posture. Gaze forward, not down at the ground, with your chin level and head up.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking 8 ounces of water before you begin your walk.
  • Wear shoes designed for walking for greater comfort and injury prevention.
  • Your walks don't have to be long and strenuous to be beneficial. A walk to the store or through the mall counts too.

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