Walk or bike one daily trip for which you'd normally drive
· Get a walking buddy or take a family walk
· Walk a child to school or participate in
a Walk to School Day event.
· Walk through your neighborhood and rate
· Take walking meetings at work.
· Keep a daily activity log. Estimate the
mileage you walked or the minutes you spent doing something
· Buy a pedometer and consider wearing it
all day long.
· Form a walking group with a regular schedule.
There is encouragement in numbers.
to start a daily walking routine? Here are some tips for
Start slowly. Don't test your limits right away. You should
feel good at the end of your walk, not exhausted.
· Add on time slowly. Never add more than
10 to 20 percent to the total number of minutes or miles
you walk in a week.
· Remember that something is always better
than nothing. Even if you intended to walk 20 minutes, a
10-minute walk is still vastly better for you than doing
· Add four minutes of stretching to your daily
habit to maintain your overall range of motion as well as
muscle and joint health.
· If you can't take 30 minutes once a day
to walk, consider breaking the time down and walking 10
minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch, and 10 minutes
in the evening.
· Keep it fun. Make your daily walk something
you look forward to.