Walking is a great choice of exercise, especially if you'd like to lose
weight. You can perform it outside when the weather is nice, making for a very
pleasant workout, or on a treadmill during inclement weather and have the
advantage of being able to control the grade to gradually make your workout more
challenging. You can use a pedometer to monitor your progress as they have
become very sophisticated in recent years. Guidelines for Starting a Walking Program:
- Walk a minimum of five times a week.
- Select the duration of your walking sessions based on
the number of minutes that you can continuously walk (between 10 and 30
- Walk at an intensity whereby you can speak but your
breathing is noticeably elevated.
- Try to increase your walking time by at least two minutes each week.