Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice, and the health benefits are many.

> Reduce your risk of a heart attack.

> Manage your blood pressure

> Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

> Manage your diabetes.

> Manage your weight.

> Manage stress and boost your spirits.

> Stay strong and active.

> Start slow and easy

  • Start walking
  • Take the initiative
  • Sticking with it
  • Make the commitment

You can walk anywhere — a trail – track – inside a shopping mall – on a treadmill – on the sidewalk

It’s best to start slow and easy, especially if you have been inactive.

Go at a comfortable speed and distance. Develop from only a few minutes at a time to short daily

sessions of three to five minutes and slowly build up to 15 minutes twice a week. Gradually you will walk your way up to 30 minutes. Start Slow!

Getting Ready

Dress in loose fitting, comfortable clothing and in layers if you need to adjust to changing temperature. If you walk outside, choose outer wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

Proper fitting footwear is a must, to avoid sore and tired feet.

Get yourself a Pedometer. These devices, which you usually attach to your belt or waistband, detect body motion and count your footsteps, displaying the number of steps on a small screen. It tracks your accomplishments and helps you stay in the game. Cost $1 and up (Cdn)

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