Walking is great exercise and is accessible to everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Walking is a great and affordable way to meet this physical activity goal.
Prepare yourself for a walking program by wearing supportive shoes, comfortable clothing, and bringing a water bottle. If you are walking outside check the forecast and bring appropriate weather items. Examples: if it is cold wear a hat and gloves, if you go at night wear reflective clothing, and in sunshine add sunscreen. Dress in layers; your internal temperature will increase as you walk.
Start with a short distance. Focus on your posture and breathe normally. Start slowly the first few minutes to warm up and then increase your pace. Stretch at the end of your walk. You can increase your time 10-20% each week. You can also do shorter walks more frequently throughout the day.
Visit your doctor if you feel any discomfort or pain in your joints. Another form of exercise may be more appropriate in some cases.
Find a walking buddy and strive to make this a habit!