Walking for Exercise: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective*

Walking for exercise is a great low-impact activity for developing and maintaining cardiovascular fitness. You can walk anywhere, any time, and, unlike some fitness regimens, your only expense is comfortable clothing and a good pair of shoes.

Once you start your walking program, you will be taking your first steps towards increasing your fitness level. Walking is associated with a reduced risk of heart attack, and regular exercise decreases your risk of developing diabetes. Other benefits of walking include:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased strength
  • Stress reduction
  • Weight control

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Walking for Exercise: A Physical Therapist's Perspective

Before you Start: Ask Yourself

  1. What is my regular / routine walking ability?
  2. What path will work my current fitness level?

Also consider:

  • The roundtrip distance
  • Outside temperature and weather conditions
  • Footwear

*The American Physical Therapy Association. Walking for Exercise: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective. 2005

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