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5. I weigh too much to walk.
A moderate five or eight minute walk won't hurt anyone, promises Mark Fenton. And if you're very heavy, your progress will be much quicker than that of a thin person's. Again, start with shorter durations and build slowly. You can measure exactly how many calories you're burning with this personalized calorie calculator.

6. I don't even know where to start.
    •Perhaps starting alone is your problem. Try walking with a friend, relative, spouse, or neighbor.

    •Andrea Dunn of the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, Texas offers this ingenious starting point solution.
7. It's too hot/cold/rainy/icy/snowy out.
If humans have survived Ice Ages, it won't kill you to walk in the rain. Great rain gear is available; take advantage of it.

In our age of climate control and central air, we've been conditioned to expect our environment to remain comfortable at all times. But, come on, how adventurous is that?

If you live in an area that experiences extreme heat or cold, simply acclimate your walking routine to each season. In hot or humid areas, start your stroll early, or walk at dusk. In cold areas, walk during the middle of the day—on your lunch break, or in the afternoon.

8. My dog ate my walking shoes.
Well, we suppose it could happen. Hopefully you'll treat your pooch to something a little tastier like, say, a milk bone. And the next time you're out walking, invite him or her along for the stroll...

The real reason people don't walk is the one most rarely uttered. Plain and simple: "Because I don't want to." The trick is to find a way to incorporate walking into your daily life so seamlessly that it becomes like eating and showering and sleeping. Walking serves many great purposes that we too often forget. But think of walking as a basic human need, a form of transportation, a beneficial way to exercise and improve your health and fitness, and a fun and refreshing way to relax.

Open our printable walking diary and use it to record your progress.
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