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Walking For Exercise - How To Use Walking To Reinvent Your Life And Improve Your Health

Connie Ragen Green

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Walking is the best exercise that you can do. It can be done anywhere, anytime, and with minimal effort on your part. I have walked up and down hallways in a hotel when the weather was bad outside, and up and down the hills in my neighborhood when the weather was very hot. The most important thing is to have good shoes, because as long as your feet do not hurt, you can walk your way to fitness.

If you have any kind of health problems or have been sick recently, make sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program of any kind. But unless you are seriously ill your doctor will most likely encourage you to start walking. If it is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, wear a light jacket and long pants. All cotton clothing is a good choice because it can help your body to regulate temperature. If it is sunny be sure to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Other than that, and having good walking shoes, you are ready to start walking.

Begin with a fifteen to twenty minute walk. Increase each day by a few minutes. I can now walk for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. I vary the times I go walking, depending on the month of the year. I also started by walking on level terrain. I am now able to walk up and down the hills in my neighborhood, giving my calves and thighs a better workout.

If you are a social walker try visiting your local mall. Most malls have a walking program that allows you to enter the mall around seven o'clock in the morning and walk around with the other walkers until the mall opens around ten. There are also walking groups that meet in parks and recreation centers. These groups enjoy walking and talking and this can be a way to get exercise while meeting new people. The most important thing is to just get started.

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