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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Before you Start: Ask Yourself
- What is my regular / routine walking ability?
- What path will work my current fitness level?
- The roundtrip distance
- Outside temperature and weather conditions
*The American Physical Therapy Association. Walking for Exercise: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective. 2005