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Health Tip: Keep Active by Walking

Health Tip: Keep Active by Walking

02/06/13

(HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great form of exercise, especially for people who are overweight and don't particularly like to do pushups or jumping jacks.

The Weight-control Information Network offers these suggestions for people who are overweight and want to begin a walking program:

  • To begin, walk for five minutes each day. The second week, walk for eight minutes at a time.
  • When you feel comfortable, increase your walks to 11 minutes each.
  • Over time, slowly increase the duration of your walks, giving your heart, lungs and legs a good workout.
  • Buy a pair of comfortable walking shoes that offer good support. Be sure to replace shoes when they show signs of wear.
  • Make your exercise more fun by walking around a shopping mall or park, or by taking a friend with you.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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