As most of us already know, we should be exercising on a regular basis. Walking is a great, low-impact way to get such exercise.
Health professionals have recently been encouraging Americans to walk 10,000 steps a day.
The American Heart Association provides a great online pamphlet with tips on starting your own walking program. The pdf pamphlet provides information on:
- How to get started
- Basic stretches
- What to wear
- When to Walk
- What to eat (including a fantastic recipe for an edamam and penne salad with feta)
- Heat safety tips
Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the YOU docs, provide walkers with a fantastic walking tool on their Real Age website. the tool allows walkers to set a goal and then to track their progress on an interactive calendar. Users are even able to invite friends to use the tool via the Real You website.
Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz’s site also has a great area dedicated to fitness with fitness videos showing you how to get started walking, the best pedometers to help you track your mileage and the best walking shoes.